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Moore to visit Steelers; Cotchery decision looms

| Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 9:24 p.m.

The Steelers are in need of wide receiver help and continue to scour the free agent market. They could know as soon as Wednesday whether they need to ratchet up their search.

Former New Orleans receiver Lance Moore is expected to meet with team officials Wednesday, sources with knowledge of the situation told the Tribune-Review.

And Jerricho Cotchery, who spent Monday night visiting with Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Mike Shula before meeting with coaches and team officials Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium, will choose between the Steelers and Panthers as early as Wednesday, the Charlotte Observer reported.

The receiver-needy Panthers have lost their top four receivers over the past month: Steve Smith to Baltimore, Brandon LaFell to New England, Ted Ginn Jr. to Arizona and Domenik Hixon to Chicago.

Losing Emmanuel Sanders to Denver last week and the uncertainty surrounding Cotchery has left the Steelers with little experience behind Antonio Brown.

The 30-year-old Moore (5-foot-9, 190 pounds) caught 37 passes for 457 yards and two touchdowns during an injury-plagued season in 2013. Moore had a career year in 2012, when he caught 65 passes for 1,041 yards and six touchdowns.

The Steelers have eight receivers on the roster but only eight career receptions behind Brown.

According to the NFLPA, the Steelers are $2.17 million under the $133 million salary cap — more than enough room to sign Cotchery or Moore.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at mkaboly@tribweb.com or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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