When looking at free agency (whenever it starts), a big sticking point seems to be what connections players have to possible teams. A couple Steelers free agents that could be headed out west could be two key cornerbacks – Ike Taylor and William Gay.
As the folks at SteelerDepot.com point out, there’s a pair of connections to one or both Steeler corners heading to Arizona, a team the Steelers beat in the Super Bowl just three years back.
One connection is that of Ray Horton, who is the new Cardinals defensive coordinator. Makes sense that players that know what will be Horton’s system would want to play under him.
Another connection is that of Deshea Townsend, who has been hired as the new secondary coach of Arizona. As the story goes, having one of both of the Steelers corners would add a solid veteran presence to the Arizona secondary, a position that last season was torched in several games.
The Cards have a lot of money to spend once free agency starts (the Steeler Depot story says $37.38 million). It could mean big money for a couple Steelers, and a lot of trouble if the black and gold lose both players this offseason.