It's definitely sending a message. There's no other way to interpret the fact the Steelers signed free agent cornerback B.W. Webb, a former fourth-round pick of the Dallas Cowboys, on Friday, less than 24 hours before the team needs to announce the final 22 cuts to get down to 53 players.
That all but certainly confirms the pending release or injury designation of cornerback Shaquille Richardson, who has missed a significant amount of the preseason with injuries, and could spell trouble for either Brice McCain or Antwon Blake - two cornerbacks who were thought to be competing for the team's fourth CB position behind Ike Taylor, Cortez Allen and William Gay.
Incidentally, Webb is from Newport News, Va., the same area as Steelers coach Mike Tomlin, and also attended the College of William & Mary.
Webb was waived by the Cowboys Thursday after a rookie season that saw him eventually benched and deactivated.