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hawaiiansteel
03-02-2012, 02:30 AM
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Cotchery’s agent had ‘productive’ talks with Steelers

March 1st, 2012
by Scott Brown


The imminent release of Hines Ward should make re-signing Jerricho Cotchery one of the Steelers’ top priorities when it comes to their own free agents.

And Cotchery, who provides depth and experience at wide receiver, would love nothing more than to end his career with the Steelers.

“Jerricho would very much like to be back,” said Jack Scharf, who represents Cotchery.
Cotchery told the Newark Star-Ledger as much last month, and Scharf said he had “productive talks” with the Steelers at the NFL Scouting Combine.

That doesn’t mean it is a given Cotchery will be back even though there is mutual interest between the eighth-year veteran and the Steelers.

Cotchery should have an increased role in the Steelers’ offense if he returns, but he will only be a No. 4 wide receiver. Yes, I am assuming Mike Wallace is with the team in 2012, even though the Steelers won’t protect him with the franchise tag, and that Emmanuel Sanders stays healthy.

Cotchery, an unrestricted free agent, could draw interest from other teams that can offer him a bigger role. Also, Cotchery, who turns 30 in June, is seeking a multi-year deal with the hopes that his next NFL contract is also his last one.

The Steelers have to decide how much of a commitment they are willing to make to Cotchery. Given their need for depth and experience at wide receiver and Cotchery’s desire to stay in Pittsburgh, it seems reasonable to assume that the two sides will work something out.

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Oviedo
03-02-2012, 08:47 AM
Keeping Cotchery should be a priority right behind fixing the OL. He will add stability to the young WR group.

Chucktownsteeler
03-02-2012, 09:06 AM
I think it becomes very import we keep Cotchery. Agreed, he will stabilize a young WR corp and also give valuable insurance policy if Sanders injuries continue.

C-town

Shawn
03-02-2012, 09:30 AM
Cotchery is quite the luxury, and I hope the Steelers indulge.

steelblood
03-02-2012, 06:12 PM
I really like Cotchery the person and the player. But, this is not a priority in my book. If Cotchery wants like a 4 year 7 million dollar deal. Then, yes. If he wants 2.5-3 million per. No way. Not for a #4 receiver. That is nuts. We can find one in the draft for a fraction of that. This draft is loaded with WRs.

And, Brown is already like a veteran receiver. He was MVP of the team, he works tirelessly at becoming a better player and has already absorbed so much. He can be the leader of the group.

Chadman
03-02-2012, 09:24 PM
As much as Chadman likes Cotchery, he'll be no more than a #3 & most likely a #4 WR for the Steelers. On a small contract- sounds great. But given the financial situation of the Steelers- they can't afford to pay him what he's really worth.

There will be other veteran WR's that can be added however.

flippy
03-02-2012, 11:11 PM
Come playoff time, I want a reliable WR that can be a go to guy on clutch plays.

Brown's getting there with his amazing hands and burst.

Maybe Heath can be that guy if we solidify the line.

Maybe Sanders can be that guy.

But we need a guy like Cotchery for now that can find the soft spots in the zones.

And signing him might give us leverage with Wallace.

At the end of the day, we can win with Cotch, Brown, and Sanders. That's probably a better trio than Hines, ARE, and Ced who got us to a SuperBowl.

Shawn
03-03-2012, 09:16 AM
I'm a huge Cotch fan. What this team lacks without him is that sure handed, solid route running possession receiver. That is what he does...and he does it well.

hawaiiansteel
03-04-2012, 01:52 AM
Roethlisberger pays tribute to Ward, wants Cotchery back

Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on March 1, 2012

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Ben Roethlisberger remember stepping into the huddle in his first year as a starting NFL quarterback.

“He was Hines Ward, one of the best receivers in the game. I got a chance to be in the huddle with him and Jerome Bettis. He made me better. It didn’t matter if I threw a good ball or a bad ball, 99 percent of the time he’d catch it, whether it was with one hand, off a helmet, or off a defender. He made me a much better quarterback and player,” Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Roethlisberger called Ward Wednesday night to thank him, and left a message on Ward’s voicemail. He said that Ward will always be a Steeler, no matter what happens in 2012.

Oh, and by the way: Roethlisberger has some very specific ideas on what the Steelers receiver group should look like.

“Without Hines, I think you have to do everything you can to sign Jerricho back. He’s not only a veteran leader in that room but a really good player. I’d love to see him come back because he’s a really good receiver and I like what he brings to the team,” Roethlisberger said.

Big Ben also noted the uncertainty of Mike Wallace, saying he hopes to have him and Cotchery back.

“All we have is Antonio [Brown] and Emmanuel [Sanders], technically only two. But if it’s those four, I’ll take that every day in the week.”

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