After visiting the team, the Miami Dolphins have inked free agent CB Brice McCain to a two-year deal with $3 million guaranteed, according to multiple sources including Ian Rapoport of NFL.com and Scott Brown of ESPN.
McCain will join Ndamukong Suh in Miami, a player the Dolphins turned into the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. The Dolphins already have a great cornerback in Brent Grimes, but McCain will serve as complementary player, a role in which he excelled for the Steelers in 2014.
After signing a one-year deal with the Steelers last offseason, the 28-year old McCain emerged as a starter after injuries to both Ike Taylor and Cortez Allen and contributed three interceptions, one of which proved to be a game-winner against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 5 and another pair in Week 17 against the Bengals helping to clinch the AFC North title.
The $3 million in guaranteed money could be as much as $5.5 if McCain meet performance incentives.
McCain marks the third starter the Steelers have officially lost from their 2014 team, as Brett Keisel was released Monday and Jason Worilds retired early Wednesday morning. James Harrison, Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor aren't expected to return to the team in 2014.
Pittsburgh will now seek to replace McCain via either through free agency of the draft, as the cornerback position now lacks depth. Either way, the Pittsburgh Steelers defense is going to look much different in 2015.