Jerricho Cotchery, No. 82 in your program, repeatedly brought up the atmosphere today when talking about why he signed with the Steelers.
“The way they handle their guys over there, (it’s) just something I need at this time. I feel like this is the best atmosphere for me to be able to thrive in as a player and as a person.”
Cotchery, in a six-minute interview with reporters outside of the cafeteria at St. Vincent, touched on a number of subjects including his release from the New York Jets.
Cotchery had played for the Jets since entering the league in 2004 but he requested his release after the Jets signed Plaxico Burress.
“It was time for a change of scenery and the organization as well,” Cotchery said. “I didn’t really see myself fitting in there. People from the outside looking in say, ‘Well you’ve been there that long, obviously you’re going to be a part of the future,’ but I didn’t really see it that way.”
Cotchery also visited the Ravens after the Jets granted his request but he said that he knew he wanted to sign with the Steelers after visiting St Vincent last Sunday.
“After my visit here I just felt like this was the place for me. It’s the type of atmosphere I need to be in right now. Business-wise you still have to take the visit, and I think that was the best thing to do, go down there and take the visit but all along I felt like this was the place for me.”
Cotchery provides more experience for the Steelers’ wide receiver corp. He also gives them insurance if Emmanuel Sanders’ left foot turns out to be more of a problem than anticipated.
Sanders said today that he is hoping to return for the Steelers’ final preseason game on Sept. 1.
– Scott Brown