The Pittsburgh Steelers had a busy Monday morning when it comes to re-signing a few of their own players who were set to become unrestricted free agents and that business continued on into Tuesday as veteran cornerback William Gay has announced on Instagram that he has re-signed with the team. According to the team, the new contract is for three years.
— Jerrold Colton (@Jerrold_Colton) March 8, 2016
We have agreed to terms with CB William Gay on a new three-year contract.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 8, 2016
It’s no surprise that the Steelers re-signed Gay, who has been their most reliable cornerback over the course of the last few seasons.
Gay, who was originally drafted by the Steelers in the fifth-round of the 2007 NFL Draft out of Louisville, spent his first five seasons in Pittsburgh before signing a two-year, $3.2 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals during the 2012 free agent signing period. However, after just one season with the Cardinals, Gay was released and he quickly signed a three-year, $4.5 million contract with the Steelers in March of 2013.
Last season, Gay recorded 58 total tackles during the regular season in addition to registering two interceptions. Since his return to Pittsburgh in 2013, Gay has recorded 6 interceptions and returned five of those for touchdowns.
In his nine seasons in the league, Gay has also established himself as an iron man as he’s yet to miss a single game during his career.
There are no details on Gay’s new contract as of yet and the team hasn’t announced it as being a done deal.
Gay now joins safety Robert Golden and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey as recent Steelers veterans who avoided free agency by signing contracts before the start of the new league year. Golden and Heyward-Bey both signed three-year contracts on Monday.