Our ears are conditioned to think "Peyton Manning" when we hear a free agent's top three suitors are Arizona, Tennessee and Denver.
Gay, an unrestricted free agent drafted by the Steelers in 2007, noted on Twitter Wednesday evening he's deciding between the four teams:
Pitt,Denver,Arizona, and Tennessee..Great places to play for but I can only chose one!!!! Blessing from GOD sure he will show me da way— william gay (@williamgay22) March 22, 2012
@williamgay22 aye u already know what it is!— DARNELL DOCKETT (@ddockett) March 22, 2012
With the depth the Steelers have in young talent at cornerback, there would be a risk in staying in Pittsburgh. Gay does have value in Pittsburgh, as well as he's done in covering the slot receiver in nickel package situations. Some have said Curtis Brown may not be ready to cover the slot yet, a position requiring a good level of football smarts and acumen.
Tennessee lost CB Cortland Finnegan this off-season, and look to have an open cornerback position at least for competition in training camp. Denver is in need of veteran assistance at the position, and in their secondary in general. Same with Arizona, who currently have four former Steelers either on its active roster or on Injured-Reserve.
The Steelers look the least likely to sign Gay to a multi-year deal, but familiarity with a team and its system counts for something perhaps dollars don't. Experience in a defensive secondary is important, particularly at cornerback. With the amount of 3 or more receiver packages teams are running in today's game, having extra players who can cover is valuable, which would explain the amount of teams pursuing the five-year veteran.
Gay did not say when he plans to make a decision, but odds are good something will happen soon.