Jerricho Cotchery Expected To Sign With Steelers

Free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has agreed to terms with the Pittsburgh Steelers

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WR Jerricho Cotchery Joining Pittsburgh Steelers, According To Report

Free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Financial terms were not disclosed.

A fourth-round pick out of North Carolina State in 2004 by the New York Jets, Cotchery caught 358 passes for 4,514 yards and 18 touchdowns during his seven seasons in the Big Apple before he was released late last week, creating $1.8 million in space under the salary cap and freeing up a roster spot for the addition of veteran wide receiver Derrick Mason.

Cotchery visited the Steelers on Sunday, but left without a contract and paid a visit to the Baltimore Ravens. Cotchery had undergone back surgery in February, and the Jets cited a "failed physical" when releasing him. Reports out of Baltimore were that there no problems with Cotchery's physical with the Ravens' medical staff. 

The AFC North rivals were interested in the 29-year-old Cotchery to address their lack of experienced depth at the receiver position.

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Jerricho Cotchery To Visit Baltimore Ravens On Tuesday

Free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery is scheduled to visit the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, according to reports from Ravens beat writer Aaron Wilson. The meeting comes two days after Cotchery visited the PIttsburgh Steelers and reportedly took a physical with the team.

Sources close to the Ravens have indicated that Baltimore has an interest in signing the seven-year veteran, but the team is still evaluating its options. Should Cotchery sign with the Ravens, he would join a wide receiver corps led by three-time Pro Bowl selection Anquan Boldin and a slew of inexperienced youngsters.

Cotchery surprised many within the NFL community last week by requesting to be released from the New York Jets. The 29-year-old spent his entire career with the franchise, and was firmly entrenched as a chief locker room leader.

In his time with the Jets, Cotchery consistently provided quality play as a starting receiver, catching 292 passes for 3,370 yards and 16 touchdowns from 2006 to 2009. After struggling through the '10-'11 season with a severe disc condition in his back, he opted for surgery to repair the damage in February.

For more on Jerricho Cotchery and his scheduled visit with the Baltimore Ravens, head over to Baltimore Beat Down.

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Jerricho Cotchery Visits, Takes Physical With Steelers

Former Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery visited the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday and reportedly took a physical with the team, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. There's a chance he could sign Monday

Cotchery would fit the role of slot receiver, one he grew accustomed to last year with the Jets with Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards split wide, that the Steelers are looking for long term to team with Hines Ward and Mike Wallace.

The Steelers are also looking for help at receiver after injuries to Ward (thumb) and Emmanuel Sanders (foot) have depleted the roster, leaving Wallace, Antwaan Randle El and Arnaz Battle as the only healthy wideouts in camp with a fair amount of experience.

Cotchery is looking for a new team for the first time in his eight-year career after his acrimonious departure from the Jets. The 6-foot, 203-pound receiver did say upon his departure that he had no interest in being a WR3, but that's the exact situation he'd find himself in with the Steelers, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he kept other options open.

For more on Cotchery's free agency and split with the Jets, visit SB Nation New York and Gang Green Nation. For Steelers news, check out Behind The Steel Curtain

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Jerricho Cotchery Requested To Be Released, According To Rex Ryan

The New York Jets' release of veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery took a unexpected turn late Thursday night. According to head coach Rex Ryan, the decision was made by Cotchery himself, who had grown disenchanted with the franchise.

"It was tough," Ryan said a few hours after the move. "J-Co wanted to ... he asked for a trade or to be released and that's what happened."

After rehabbing from back surgery for the past year, Cotchery entered Jets camp with the hopes of regaining the starting position that was taken from him by Braylon Edwards in 2009. That hope soon crumbled as the Jets' free agency period heated up with the signing of Plaxico Burress and the courting of Derrick Mason.

According to reports, both Ryan and quarterback Mark Sanchez tried to change the 29-year-old receiver's mind throughout the past few days to no avail. Sanchez in particular hoped they could succeed, explaining, "He's the ultimate teammate and the ultimate competitor. That's why it hurts to see him leave."

As one of the most popular and respected players within the New York locker room, Cotchery was expected by many to remain in New York for the entirety of his NFL career. Now that he is gone, many within the organization are left in a state of disbelief. Regardless, the former-Jet is secure with his decision.

"I've been here a long time and I've seen a lot of things," he said. "I thought Chad Pennington would be a Jet forever, but one night in the preseason, he's gone in the hotel" -- a reference to the August 2008 trade that brought Brett Favre. "I love being a Jet," he continued. "But this happens, man. That's life. I'm ready to move on."

In seven seasons with the New York Jets, Cotchery caught 358 passes for 4,514 yards and 18 touchdowns. He ranks eighth on the franchise's all-time receptions list and ninth in receiving yards

For more on the release of Jerricho Cotchery and the impact it has on the New York Jets, visit Gang Green Nation.

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Jets Release WR Jerricho Cotchery

The New York Jets have released veteran wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery

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