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Old 04-11-2012, 11:47 PM   #1
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Steelers have busy two days

The Steelers have had a busy couple of days, signing tight end Leonard Pope on Tuesday to a one-year deal and bringing back wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery on Wednesday with a two-year deal.

It's a typical Steelers move as they prepare for the draft.

Pittsburgh never likes to go into a draft with obvious needs and tight end and wide receiver were looking like obvious needs with just a couple of weeks remaining before the draft.

They are now not quite so pressing.

Are their other needs? Sure. Another guard or two - or possibly a tackle - would certainly be of some use. So would an inside linebacker and young quarterback to groom as a No. 2 behind Ben Roethlisberger.

But tight end and wide receiver are now way down the list.

Cotchery signed a two-year deal worth $3 million, a pretty bargain basement price.

It was a prudent move to sign Cotchery for two years.

With Mike Wallace looking like he's not going to sign his tender offer - why would he and lose all of his bargaining power? - and both Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders scheduled to be restricted free agents at the end of the 2012 season, having Cotchery locked up for the next two season at least gives the Steelers one veteran under contract for those two seasons.

Do I expect Wallace or Brown to go anywhere? No. But it will be awfully difficult for the Steelers to keep Wallace, Brown and Sanders long term. And signing Cotchery to a two-year deal means the Steelers can bring a young receiver along slowly.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:55 PM   #2
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Two years, three million? DAMN. That's a good deal.
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Two years, three million? DAMN. That's a good deal.
yep, surprised he would sign for that low. im sure the chiefs and rams offered more money
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yep, surprised he would sign for that low. im sure the chiefs and rams offered more money
He wants a ring and know he has a better chance here.
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cotchery seems to be of that mentality that very few players display nowadays.
taking a smaller offer with a team, because of TRULY wanting to play for THAT team only.

welcome back Cotch!
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cotchery seems to be of that mentality that very few players display nowadays.
taking a smaller offer with a team, because of TRULY wanting to play for THAT team only.

welcome back Cotch!
some guys play to win, some people play for money. cotch is the former
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Good to hear the Steelers are preparing to use their picks on (hopefully) offensive linemen.
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He said bargaining power..........
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