The New Orleans Saints brought in a few free agent cornerbacks for a visit today with former Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Coty Sensabaugh being part of the bunch according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. The 30-year old cornerback joins the likes of Kayvon Webster and Prince Charles Iworah on visits to New Orleans today.
Sensabaugh has spent the last two seasons in Pittsburgh, appearing in 29 games and making 14 starts. The 30-year old veteran cornerback is coming off a 2018 season in which he made 10 starts, the most since his 2015 season. Over the course of his two seasons with the Steelers, Sensabaugh finished with one interception, nine pass defenses and one forced fumble.
The veteran cornerback has recorded three interceptions and 32 pass defenses throughout his career. Originally a fourth-round selection by the Tennessee Titans in 2012, Sensabaugh played four seasons for the Titans before signing a three-year, $15 million contract with the Los Angeles Rams. Sensabaugh’s time in Los Angeles would not last long as he was benched within the first few weeks and then cut on October 6th 2016. Three days later, the New York Giants signed him to a one-year deal. After appearing in 10 games for the Giants, Sensabaugh entered free agency during the 2017 offseason where he signed a two-year, $2.6 million contract with the Steelers.
While the veteran cornerback was signed to provide depth in the secondary, Sensabaugh made his fair share of starts during his two-year stint in Pittsburgh, starting four games during the 2017 season and ten games during the 2018 season. His biggest opportunity came last season after the benching of former Steelers first-round pick Artie Burns.
The veteran cornerback played relatively well in place of Burns last season, though he did so rather quietly. Sensabaugh did not manage to get his hands on any interceptions but he did allow the third fewest yards per coverage snap last season according to Pro Football Focus.
When in coverage – Coty Sensabaugh allowed the third-lowest (0.64) yards per snap pic.twitter.com/dc3f87lyLJ
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) January 12, 2019
While Sensabaugh’s play last season was certainly an upgrade over Burns, it seems that the Steelers have chosen to go with a more youthful look in the cornerback room. The free agent acquisition of Steven Nelson to play alongside Joe Haden likely made a reunion between Sensabaugh and the Steelers very unlikely. The door on his return was likely closed once and for all when the team selected cornerback Justin Layne from Michigan State in the third round.