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Insider Only NFL: Steelers looking hard into former Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery

Cotchery to visit on Sunday
After failing to land Plaxico Burress last weekend and the team not banking on Limas Sweed being much of a factor, who by the way suffered a shoulder injury in today’s practice,

the Steelers continue to eye the market for a top-4 wide receiver at a feasible price.
One name at the top of the team’s radar is 29 year old receiver Jerricho Cotchery who was recently let go by the New York Jets.
Cotchery who has battled a back injury, will visit with the Steelers on Sunday. Cotchery had back surgery in February on a nagging disc injury.
If Cotchery checks out medically, the Steelers are likely to make a one year offer, according to a team source.
Cotchery, 29, had 41 receptions for 433 yards and 3 touchdowns last season for New York.
Cotchery had a career high 82 receptions in 2006 and 2007. His numbers since 2007 have been somewhat on the decline, collecting 71 receptions in 2008, 57 in 2009 and 41 last season.
His role though changed last season, working as the No. 3 and sometimes No. 4 receiver for the Jets behind Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith.
In 2009 he was also playing with a rookie passer in Mark Sanchez, which led to a decline in numbers.
When healthy, Cotchery is still a reliable and serviceable wide out. He is not a player whose going to stretch the field like the team had hoped with a possible addition of Plaxico Burress but would be an upgrade over Antwaan Randle El who the Steelers have considered bringing back, after they explore other options such as Cotchery.
In his career, Cotchery has 358 receptions for 4,514 yards and 18 touchdowns.

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