The Pittsburgh Steelers have added some depth at the cornerback position today, as Brice McCain has signed an undisclosed deal to fight for a roster spot out of training camp. His agent David Canter tweeted out the news, and it will be interesting to see if McCain can stick on the roster as a special teams contributor and backup cornerback.
McCain spent the first five seasons of his career with the Houston Texans, becoming their top cornerback in the slot. He wasn’t good at covering the slot last year, though, as he was a disaster in bot 2012 and 2013. He does know how to make some plays, though, as he did recorded 13 passes defended in 2011 and recorded a combined 15 PDs in 2012 and 2012.
Hopefully McCain will have a solid 2014 season for the Steelers organization, because they could really use some better play at the cornerback position. That said, I don’t see the 27-year-old as part of the solution as more than just veteran insurance and a body on special teams, because he was beat badly with regularity over the past couple of seasons. He’ll be a piece of the puzzle as a slot corner, and the signing itself isn’t surprising given that he visited the Steelers today.