He was the starting cornerback on the winning team during during Super Bowl XLIII. Now, Bryant McFadden, who won two Super Bowl rings with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is switching teams and playing for the losing team of Super Bowl XLIII, the Arizona Cardinals. He's leaving the number one defense to join Arizona.
After wide receiver Nate Washington left the Steelers earlier this week, fans were hoping to keep McFadden, especially since the Steelers were one of the four teams looking to sign McFadden (along with Cardinals, the Dolphins, and the Eagles). This, however, did not happen. McFadden has signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals. He got 10 million dollars over two years.
This year, McFadden played 10 regular season games. In them, he made 54 tackles and had one sack. He also has has seven interceptions in his career. He was a second round draft pick in 2005, which was the 62nd overall pick.
McFadden's replacement will be William Gay, the 170th pick in the 2007 draft. He played four games last year. He's 5-foot-10 and 190-pounds. He's had 41 tackles and an interception in 16 games for the Steelers. The other cornerbacks for the Steelers are Deshea Townsend and Ike Taylor.
"I think we've got a good, quality player there," Steelers defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau said of Gay, "who should continue to grow."
Arizona also signed LaMont Jordan and John Kuhn. Jordan is a running back and has played for the Patriots, Raiders, and Broncos. Kuhn was a fullback and also played for the Steelers. He was on the practice squad when the Steelers won Super Bowl XL against the Seattle Seahawks.
Many Steelers fans seem to be upset, saying things like, "What? He didn't want a third ring?" McFadden fills an important position for the Cardinals, but I think the Steelers will be fine without him.Powered by Sidelines