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Steelers looking to sign WR Jerricho Cotchery

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Despite letting Cotchery wade through the waters of free agency, they want to retain him, writes Trib-Review reporter Alan Robinson.

Grant Halverson

One signing shouldn't eliminate the possibility of the Steelers making more moves in free agency. Tribune-Review reporter Alan Robinson said Tuesday the Steelers have reached out to free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery and are interested in bringing the veteran back this season, but nothing has yet been reached.

The Steelers did not retain Cotchery before the start of free agency, and it stands to reason he's going to explore his options before signing back with his previous team.

It will be interesting to see what kind of market Cotchery sets. With 10 touchdowns last season and being a key member of an emerging offense could create a situation where Cotchery is more valuable in Pittsburgh than anywhere else - free agents usually get more money on the open market than they do from their original team.

Cotchery's age and relatively average athleticism may enhance that even more. But as far as familiarity goes, the Steelers' offense proved the value of having been in it previously, as the second half of the season far exceeded the offensive production of the previous season and a half.

That alone should be enough justification to bring Cotchery back. We expect a deal will get done at some point.