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Steelers Ink CB William Gay to Multi-Year Deal

The Steelers goal this offseason was to make sure their secondary didn’t lose two of its top corners, and Sunday they made that happen.

The team a few days back came to terms with Ike Tayor, and today agreed to terms on a multi-year contract with nickel back William Gay.

Gay, who was a restricted free agent, cannot start to practice with the team until Thursday under the new rules set forth by the league. He was chosen by the Steelers with the 170th pick (5th round) of the 2007 NFL Draft, and in his time with the team has three sacks, a pick, and 186 career tackles.

On another note, the team had been talking with former Patriots tight end Daniel Graham, but he has left Latrobe without inking a deal. The Steelers are in the market for a number two tight end after losing Matt Spaeth, who signed with the Bears.

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  1. DrGeorge

    July 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm

    The Steelers were smart to retain Gay at nickel. He has steadily gotten better there after failing miserably at CB.

    However, we still have no one to replace the erratic McFadden at CB, even though we’ve drafted 5 CBs in the last three draft classes. Opposing QBs repeatedly picked on McFadden and Gay last season, and the CB position remains a glaring weakness heading into the preseason.

    The loss of Daniel Graham is regrettable, but made less critical by the presence of D. Johnson. Absent injuries, we’ll be OK at TE. Graham would simply have made a good situation better.

    • Matt

      July 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      I know Todd Heap isn’t a good blocker, but is that all we really need? A good blocking TE? I would’ve liked Heap so he could compete against the Ravens with a chip on his shoulder.

  2. Dave B.

    July 31, 2011 at 7:11 pm

    William Gay is barely average at best . If he stays at nickel the Steelers may be ok . However , if hes forced to move to corner the numbers on the back of his jersey should be replaced with a big BULLS EYE . This kid is pathetic in one on one pass coverage and every opposing quarterback knows it . The fact that the Steelers resigned him at all is a surprise in itself . The fact that they signed him to a multi year deal is a huge head scratcher . Kevin Colbert may end up having to explain this one .

  3. Steel Q

    August 1, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    William Gay is sorry and he should have been cut. This is a move in the wrong direction. We need corners who can hold Plax and S. Holmes who are with the Jets. Go get some db’s who can help Clark and Troy!!!

  4. jay

    August 2, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Yeah, I agree….I mean, you get to the Super Bowl, are exposed in a certain area (pass coverage) and, outside of some DB’s drafted and resigning Ike, nothing really!?! There’s a fine line here in my opinion; on one hand, you don’t want the team to be free agent whores—I am currently and presently appalled at the gluttons the Eagles made of themselves—BUT you seemingly want to make one, possibly two signings outside of your roster?!? I guess their cap situation hurts them. The last really big FA signing was Farrior!!!! But the Steelers continually contend! I guess my point is imagine how awesome we could be if we went out and grabbed ONE (just one, not two or three or five thousand like Philly) big name Free agent!

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