There are some players who are tough to see go, no matter the circumstances. Whether the player retires, leaves via free agency or is released. Sometimes the business of football makes it difficult to watch a fan favorite move on in one way or another.
This may certainly be the case for veteran cornerback for the Steelers, William Gay. Gay is due about $1 million dollars this season, and when you compound that with Father Time catching up to him on the field you can assume the end might be near.
At the end of the season Gay spoke to reporters about his future, and how it was anything but certain, even considering hanging up the cleats for good and focusing on his off-field passion of spreading knowledge and resources for those dealing with domestic violence.
Nonetheless, the phone call from the Steelers notifying Gay of his potential release hasn’t happened yet, per Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Jerrold Colton, the agent for William Gay, said he has not had a conversations with the Steelers yet about Gay's status. Of course, that call could come any day now. Gay has 1 year left on his contract and the Steelers could save $1 million by cutting him.— Ray Fittipaldo (@rayfitt1) March 9, 2018
For the first time in a long time, the Steelers are loaded with cornerbacks. Artie Burns, Joe Haden, Mike Hilton, Cameron Sutton, Brian Allen, Coty Sensabaugh and Gay are all listed on the depth chart.
Talk about a log jam.
There have been many who suggested Gay could possibly move to safety, but with his declining speed it has become less of an option at this point in his career. However, with news of Sutton possibly making the switch to free safety, it could give Gay one more year under the lights before calling it quits.
This will be a story to watch in the coming days, and be sure to stay with BTSC for the best news and coverage surrounding the black-and-gold.