1:19pm: McCain’s contract with the Steelers is a minimum salary benefit deal with a $65K signing bonus, so it’ll count for $635K against the team’s cap, tweets Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
12:00pm: The Steelers have signed free agent cornerback Brice McCain, according to agent David Canter (via Twitter). ESPN.com’s Scott Brown reported earlier today (via Twitter) that McCain, who was cut by Houston last month, was visiting Pittsburgh.
McCain, who grabbed one interception and defended seven passes for the Texans in 2013, had the dubious distinction of ranking dead-last among 110 qualified cornerbacks, according to Pro Football Focus’ grades (subscription required). While he was solid against the run and avoided taking penalties, McCain ranked as the league’s worst cover corner by a wide margin, according to PFF.
Nonetheless, the Steelers saw enough in the 27-year-old that they liked to bring him aboard. Terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed, but it’ll likely be a minimum salary deal.