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NFL Free Agents 2012: Jerricho Cotchery Agrees To 2-Year Deal With Pittsburgh Steelers

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Free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery spurns the Rams for the Steelers. Meh.
Free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery spurns the Rams for the Steelers. Meh.

Cross another one off the list. The St. Louis Rams brought in former Jets and Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery to visit last week as a potential free agent addition. There were even subsequent rumors that the Rams wanted to sign him. No dice, as the Steelers brought him back on a two-year deal.

Cotchery was never more than another possession receiver for the Rams. He would have been competing another veteran addition, Steve Smith, for one of the spots on the roster. The Rams also have Danny Amendola, Greg Salas and Austin Pettis who profile as possession types, though best suited for the slot.

The Steelers needed Cotchery far more than the Rams, as hard as that is to believe given the Rams' needs at wide receiver.

Jerome Simpson visited Rams Park at the same time as Cotchery. He then flew to be sentenced for a reduced charge stemming from his marijuana arrest last fall. The law gave him 15 days in the pokey. The NFL could give him four games to cool his heels. Simpson makes more sense for the Rams than Cotchery, as he complements the receivers on the roster already as a downfield threat.