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NFL Roundup: Steelers add Cotchery

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Wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery has agreed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers, the team confirmed Thursday.

Cotchery was released by the Jets last week, and also visited with the Ravens before agreeing to join the Steelers. Pittsburgh has 12 other wide receivers on its current roster, but Cotchery figures to compete for time as the third receiver behind starters Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. Emmanuel Sanders, who started to impress last season, still hasn't returned to practice following surgery on both feet to repair small breaks.

Antonio Brown and Tyler Grisham also figure to be in the mix for significant snaps.

A 2004 fourth-round pick by the Jets, Cotchery has 358 career receptions and 18 touchdowns. He played the past two seasons through a back injury, and finally underwent offseason surgery. However, he said he's healthy and ready to play.

"My main thing right now is just focusing on moving forward," Cotchery said the day he was released by the Jets.

-- Defensive end Osi Umenyiora flew to Atlanta to have his left knee examined Thursday, and told The Sports Xchange's Patti Traina "I will be fine."

Umenyiora, who has been limited to riding a stationary bike on the sideline during training camp, did get in some brief work on getting out of his three-point stance Wednesday. The Giants' hope is the knee will be cleared medically and Umenyiora will end his contract standoff and be on the practice field by Monday.

-- Offensive tackle Jared Gaither signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. The free agent from Baltimore visited with Oakland Raiders early in free agency, but never agreed to a contract. Gaither missed all of last season due to an upper-back injury and wasn't pursued by the Ravens.

-- Outside linebacker Matt Roth has agreed to a one-year, $3 million deal with the Jaguars, according to multiple reports. Roth, who started 16 games for the Browns last year, visited with the Patriots last week, but New England chose to sign veteran pass rushers Andre Carter and Shaun Ellis.

Where Roth will compete for playing time in Jacksonville's 4-3 scheme remains to be seen, but it likely will be as a situational defensive end with Aaron Kampman moving to the left side following two torn ACLs and Jeremy Mincey being counted on to provide a pass rush from the right side.

-- League sources have told NFLDraftScout.com that two additional names have been named eligible for the Aug. 17 supplemental draft.

The NFL notified teams Wednesday that former Western Carolina cornerback Torez Jones and former Lindenwood University/Allen Wranglers (IFL) defensive lineman Keenan Mace are eligible, bringing the total number of potential draftees to four after Georgia running back Caleb King and Northern Illinois safety Tracy Wilson were approved earlier this week.

There is no word yet on the eligibility of former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor or North Carolina defensive lineman Michael McAdoo. Both left their programs following NCAA scandals.

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