Found March 01, 2013 on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog:
Former Steeler William Gay, 28, was released today by the Arizona Cardinals after on season with the team. During the 2012 off-season Gay left the Steelers for more money as an unrestricted free agent. He played in fifteen games with the Cardinals, but was cut today to help the team work out their salary cap issues. Right now Gay is being labelled as a free agent bust from 2012, but last year may have been the best statistical season of his six year career. Gay finished the 2012 season with two interceptions, three forced fumbles, 45 tackles, and one sack. In 2011 Gay posted 53 tackles and two interceptions and played very well alongside Ike Taylor. His play in 2011 led the Cardinals to sign him to a two year $4.95 million deal. The Steelers were not willing to pay him as much because they had Keenan Lewis, Cortez Allen, and Curtis Brown waiting in the wings. However, Lewis is now a free agent and may follow a similar path as Gay did last off-season. Lewis is said to be looking for a big contract this off-season and it is not yet known if the Steelers will have to money necessary to sign him. If Lewis does leave in free agency the Steelers could look at Gay on a minimum contract. Gay would return to being the third corner at best behind Taylor and Allen. Brown, DeMarcus Van ****, and Josh Victorian are also in the mix at corner, but the Steelers may want some more experience with the loss of Lewis. The last time a Steeler corner left for Arizona his name was Bryant McFadden and after one year with the Cardinals he returned to the Steelers for two more seasons. During the 2010 off-season the Steelers traded Santonio Holmes for a fifth round pick. They then traded that fifth round pick to the Cardinals for McFadden and sixth round choice. Not a bad trade when you factor in that the Steelers used that sixth round pick on Antonio Brown. Now if the Steelers re-sign Lewis this off-season than their is no reason to go after Gay, but if he leaves it could make sense; especially on a veteran minimum contract. The post Former Steeler William Gay Released; Steelers Could look at him if Keenan Lewis Leaves as a Free Agent appeared first on SteelBlitz Steelers Blog.
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