Daily Archives: April 12, 2012

Report: Jerricho Cotchery Two Year Deal Worth $3 Million

Immediately after it was announced that the Pittsburgh Steelers had signed unrestricted free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to a two year deal I speculated on Twitter that I would be surprsiede if the contract totaled out over $ 3 million. Ed Bouchette tweets tonight that the deal does indeed total out at $ 3 million.

Will be surprised if Cotchery two-year deal totals out over $ 3 million. Signing bonus will be key number. 1 million maybe at tops. #steelers— Steelers Depot (@Steelersdepot) April 11, 2012

#steelers get Cotchery for $ 3M over 2 years.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) Read more […]

Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers

Report: Mike Wallace To Leave Tender Contract Unsigned


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Wednesday afternoon Steelers restricted free agent WR Mike Wallace is not planning to sign his RFA tender offer from Pittsburgh. It’s a one year guaranteed contract worth about $ 2.7 million.

In doing so, he’s saying he’s not playing until he gets the contract he wants.

His motivations behind this could be numerous, but at its core, it’s a leverage move by Wallace and his agent to negotiate a higher long-term contract – something both sides have said they want.

By not signing his tender, Wallace is stating he won’t play without a long-term deal, or, essentially, he intends to hold out until he gets an extended deal to his liking.

It could also be simply a veiled threat (incidentally, leaked to one of the most followed sports writers in the media) to force the Steelers to continue pressing on in negotiations.

It’s perhaps not a coincidence news of Wallace’s alleged desire to hold out came at approximately the same time the Steelers announced a two-year deal for free agent WR Jerricho Cotchery.

Speculation rules supreme this time of year, but the fact is the Steelers will want to avoid a holdout situation, but are not likely to be bullied by a player with Wallace’s level of tenure with the team.

Keep in mind, and this isn’t being reported, the Dolphins traded then-restricted free agent Wes Welker to the Patriots for a second round pick, and a seventh round pick, in 2007. It’s not as if the Steelers couldn’t trade Wallace and his contract demands for a suitable bounty, and leave the future contract negotiations to another team.

If the allegation is true (and the idea of Wallace wanting a Larry Fitzgerald-sized contract to leave Pittsburgh still hangs in the air, essentially unconfirmed), consider the gloves off between the organization and its biggest big-play receiver.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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Steelers Bring Back WR Jerricho Cotchery

The Steelers have brought back WR Jerricho Cotchery, as the NY Daily News reports that Pittsburgh and Cotchery have come to terms on a two-year deal.

Last season in 13 games, Cotchery had 16 catches for 237 yards and two touchdowns, including a TD in the playoff loss to the Broncos that got tied the game in the fourth quarter.

The Jets, the team Cotchery played for from 2004-10, talked to the WR, but he decided to stay with the Steelers.

In his career, he has 374 catches for 4,751 yards and 20 TDs.

Source: Steelers Gab

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