PALM BEACH, Fla. — William Gay, the Steelers starting left cornerback in two of the past three years, has come to terms on a two-year contract agreement with the Arizona Cardinals, a source confirmed today.
Gay and offensive tackle Max Starks are the only Steelers starters who are unrestricted free agents.
Gay, 27, was drafted on the fifth round by the Steelers in 2007 after playing at Louisville. He played special teams as a rookie and then moved up the depth chart at cornerback. When Bryant McFadden left as a free agent for Arizona, Gay moved into the starting job in 2009.
McFadden returned in 2010 via trade and Gay played No. 3 or the nickel cornerback spot that season. McFadden opened last season as the starter, but an injury in the first game knocked him out and Gay returned to start. He remained there after McFadden returned to full health.
The Steelers now have lost both McFadden and Gay. They released McFadden in February.
Next up on the depth chart for them at that spot is Keenan Lewis and two 2011 rookies, Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown.