1. Does this mean the Steelers will not even attempt to re-sign free agent cornerback Keenan Allen?
2. Could it mean the end of Curtis Brown?
3. Where do you list Gay on the depth chart? Is he automatically Lewis’ replacement of does he become the nickel and Cortez Allen takes over for Lewis.
Let’s say the move means the end of Keenan Lewis in Pittsburgh and there’s two reasons to suggest this exactly where the team is going. First, Lewis is going to be expensive. Probably more expensive then any of us realize. Secondly, Lewis is not nearly the turnover machine that Cortez Allen proved himself to be last season when he forced five.
This team needs turnover creation in the worst way too and Allen is signed through 2015 so perhaps he is the answer the Steelers want him to be.
If Lewis does re-sign, this immediately means the departure of Curtis Brown I would have to think. He has struggled significantly at the nickel position and is little more than a special teams player right now. With Ike Taylor, Lewis, Allen and Gay your top four corners I would say so long to Brown.
While Gay doesn’t elicit a lot of positive vibes from the Steelers’ Nation, his signing could be a significant step towards adding some decent depth. At this point, we can only speculate as to the direction the Steelers are going in and we probably won’t have an answer until free agency starts.
If you know where I can find a good crystal ball let me know.
Marc Uhlmann writes for and co-owns www.steelcityblitz.com. Follow him on Twitter @steeldad and follow the website at @SCBlitz. He can be heard Mondays on Trib-Live Radio at 4pm ET talking Steelers.