The latest Pittsburgh Steeler to add the word ‘former’ to his name is Jerricho Cotchery. According to Ian Rapoport, Cotchery will sign with the Carolina Panthers.
This leaves the Steelers with Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Derek Moye as the potential starters at wide receiver.
If you take away Brown’s 110 receptions then you are left with eight total combined catches between Wheaton and Moye.
That doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence.
If Jerricho Cotchery is leaving for the money, I don’t blame him one bit. He is on the down-side of his career and is going to a team that arguably has a better chance of winning right now than do the Steelers.
That said he is coming off a career year in terms of touchdowns (10) and developed a very nice relationship with Ben Roethlisberger especially in the red zone. Cotchery could have stayed in the ‘burgh and probably would have caught more than 50 balls this year from the slot and number two receiver positions but apparently that wasn’t as attractive as Carolina.
Again, I don’t blame Cotchery at all if he is getting more money in what amounts to his final contract but outside of that, why leave?
The offense was clearly clicking over the course of the second half of last season and with a more seasoned offensive line, looks to be good again this year.
Players come and go through free agency and the occasional trade all the time, but I can’t help but think that something just isn’t right with this organization right now and Cotchery leaving only solidifies that point.
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 730pm ET talking Steelers and is a blogger for ESPN 970 in Pittsburgh.