The Steelers and embattled free agent WR Darrius Heyward-Bey have agreed to a 1-year deal, according to the teams Twitter account. The move makes sense for the Steelers who are trying to offset the losses of Emmanuel Sanders and Jericho Cotchery this offseason. The financial terms of the deal have yet to be disclosed.
Heyward-Bey will likely benefit from a quarterback like Ben Roethlisberger who usually makes his receivers look pretty good.¬†The Steelers will hope they can resurrect his career much like they did when they signed Cotchery as a free agent in 2012. Heyward-Bey was drafted with the 7th overall pick in the draft in 2009 by the Raiders and has shown he can be productive as he caught 64 passes for 975 yards and 4 touchdowns for the Raiders in 2011. But he was not able to replicate that in 2012 and was not retained by the team. He spent 2013 with the Indianapolis Colts and was unimpressive while gaining only 309 yards on 29 catches and was a healthy scratch in the latter parts of the season.
The positives¬†are that Heyward-Bey at 6′ 2″ has size and still has blazing speed to go with it, he is far from unfixable and this is a very¬†low risk, high reward signing by the Steelers.
- Patrick Cleary is a Staff Writer for ProSportsExtra.com¬†
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