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William Gay | Defensive Back | #22

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (33) / 1/1/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 187
College: Louisville
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 5 (170) / PIT
Contract: view contract details

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Steelers CB William Gay is working in the slot during OTAs.
There had been speculation Gay would be moved to safety or even cut. Gay is cheap ($2 million), however, and still a solid corner at age 32. Perhaps Senquez Golson comes back healthy and beats him out, but for now Gay looks on track for a big role. Sat, May 27, 2017 02:00:00 PM

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette expects the Steelers to draft a cornerback in the first three rounds.

Steelers beat writers seem convinced 32-year-old William Gay won't return, even though his salary is cheap ($2 million) and Gay's 2016 play was passable after he took over at slot corner early in the season. LCB Ross Cockrell is a restricted free agent, and Pittsburgh is short on depth behind him and RCB Artie Burns.
Tue, Feb 14, 2017 09:41:00 PM

Steelers re-signed CB William Gay to a three-year contract.

Gay started all 16 games for the Steelers last season, grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 34 overall corner among 118 qualifiers. At 31 years old, he's probably best suited for a sub-package role at this stage of his career, but the Steelers need to find more bodies outside after whiffing on their extension with CB Cortez Allen. Cornerback is a position of need in Pittsburgh.
Tue, Mar 8, 2016 12:18:00 PM

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports there's "mutual interest" between the Steelers and free agent CB William Gay in a contract extension.

Spending time both on the outside and in the slot, Gay started all 16 games and played 1,088 snaps last season. Now 31, Gay has spent the past three years in Pittsburgh. The Steelers have one of the league's thinnest secondaries, and want to keep a known commodity in Gay.
Mon, Mar 7, 2016 02:04:00 PM

Steelers CB William Gay will play outside in nickel packages.

Gay was repeatedly burned in Arizona playing outside, so it was widely assumed he'd move back to his former role as a slot corner in Pittsburgh. Secondary coach Carnell Lake is intent on keeping Gay outside, while sliding Cortez Allen into the slot.
Wed, Jun 12, 2013 06:43:00 PM

Steelers signed CB William Gay, formerly of the Cardinals, to a three-year contract.

He announced the deal on Twitter. Gay, 28, returns to Pittsburgh after one failed season in Arizona, where he registered 57 tackles, one sack, two picks, and three forced fumbles while getting picked on opposite Patrick Peterson. Gay knows Dick LeBeau's defense and provides some insurance on Keenan Lewis' likely exit. Ideally, Gay will be no more than Pittsburgh's nickel/slot corner in 2013.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 09:40:00 PM

Free agent CB William Gay will visit the Steelers this week.

Gay, 28, spent the first five seasons of his career in Pittsburgh before signing a two-year deal with Arizona last offseason. He was just released on Friday, and according to his agent, there has been "a lot of interest" in Gay since then. He should be rather inexpensive.
Sun, Mar 3, 2013 07:05:00 PM

Cardinals released CB William Gay.

He had one year remaining on a two-year deal. Gay started 15 games last season, but was a major liability in coverage. He's still only 28 years old, but the Cardinals apparently weren't banking on a return to form. Arizona has created $5.25 million in cap space by releasing Gay and LB Stewart Bradley.
Fri, Mar 1, 2013 11:34:00 AM

Cardinals CB William Gay triggered an escalator in his contract, raising his 2013 salary from $1.475 million to $3.225 million.

Gay started 15 games in his first season with the Cardinals after coming over from the Steelers and signing a two-year pact. Gay recorded 57 tackles, six passes defensed, and two interceptions, but graded out as one of the worst corners in the league, according to Pro Football Focus. The Cardinals need to upgrade the corner position opposite Patrick Peterson.
Wed, Jan 30, 2013 08:30:00 PM

William Gay was benched in favor of Greg Toler during the second half of the Week 4 win over the Dolphins.

Gay was getting lit up by Brian Hartline and Davone Bess, so Toler replaced him in the base defense. Toler might stick in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against the Rams. Either way, one of the two will be the nickelback.
Tue, Oct 2, 2012 11:52:00 AM

Just as he did for OTAs, William Gay opened Cardinals training camp as the starting left cornerback.

This will be a hotly contested position with Greg Toler and rookie Jamell Fleming also in the hunt. Michael Adams is the nickel back for now, although Gay could wind up covering the slot if Toler or Fleming wins the outside job. Patrick Peterson is the RCB in name, but he will shadow No. 1 receivers in 2012.
Thu, Jul 26, 2012 03:16:00 PM

William Gay opened Cardinals OTAs as the team's starting left cornerback.

Gay will face competition from Greg Toler and rookie Jamell Fleming in training camp, but he's getting the first crack. Arizona's improved cornerback depth may bode poorly for incumbent A.J. Jefferson, who opened last season as the starting left corner opposite Patrick Peterson. Jefferson was benched by Week 9.
Wed, May 23, 2012 03:25:00 PM

Cardinals signed CB William Gay, formerly of the Steelers.

Like Tashard Choice, Gay broke the news on his own Twitter account. Gay will replace CB Richard Marshall, and gives the Cardinals insurance as Greg Toler completes his recovery from a torn ACL. With Patrick Peterson and A.J. Jefferson also in the fold at corner, Gay might begin the year as low as No. 4 on the depth chart, but could also see time at safety. Marshall played both corner and safety in 2011, and Pittsburgh was mulling re-signing Gay as a safety before letting him walk. Going by opposing quarterback completion percentage, Gay was one of the league's poorer starting corners in 2011.
Sun, Mar 25, 2012 10:22:00 AM

According to Arizona XTRA 910's Mike Jurecki, the Steelers are still in play to re-sign free agent CB William Gay.

Gay had reportedly narrowed his choices to Arizona, Denver and Tennessee, but could still head back to the club that made him a fifth-round pick in 2007. Gay started a career high 15 games in 2011, making two interceptions and 61 tackles. He was one of the league's easier targets for opposing quarterbacks, however, and is unlikely to be guaranteed a starting job wherever he ends up.
Sat, Mar 24, 2012 02:05:00 PM

Free agent CB William Gay plans to pick between the Broncos, Cardinals, and Titans after visiting all three clubs this week.

Gay announced he is done making visits and will now choose where to sign. The Broncos would give Gay his best shot at a starting job, pushing Andre' Goodman at right cornerback. He's most familiar with Arizona's defensive scheme.
Wed, Mar 21, 2012 08:30:00 PM

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