Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cockrell to stay with Steelers


Steelers cornerback Ross Cockrell signed his one-year tender and will remain with the Steelers for the 2017 season. Cockrell had been a restricted free agent and will earn $1.79 million on the oneyear deal. He had until Friday to sign with another team. Cockrell, who started all 16 games at cornerback in 2016, received the lowest original round tender from the Steelers. Had another team signed Cockrell and the Steelers decided not to match the offer they would have received a fourthroun­d draft pick as compensati­on.

Cockrell led the team in passes defended with 16 and was sixth on the team with 62 tackles. He joined the Steelers in 2015 after the Buffalo Bills cut him.

The Steelers are expected to draft another cornerback next week to add depth and compete with Cockrell for the starting position.

Also, defensive tackle Treyvon Hester (6 feet 2, 300 pounds) from Toledo, is one of 28 college prospects to have visited the Steelers. Hester, the No. 22-rated defensive tackle in the draft, according to nfldraftsc­out.com, is considered a mid- to late-round prospect.


Quarterbac­k Andrew Luck was eager to get back to work Monday. He’s still not sure when he’ll be start throwing passes. Three months after having shoulder surgery, Luck showed up for opening day of offseason workouts looking fit, trim and minus the sling he had been wearing to protect his right arm. Team officials already have said they don’t expect Luck to participat­e in much — if any — on-field drills between now and the end of June’s three-day minicamp. The hope is Luck will be healthy enough to return to action for the start of training camp.


A Santa Clara County judge dismissed a rape charge against former defensive Ray McDonald after prosecutor­s said the woman who made the allegation refused to testify.


Carolina signed Kawann Short, its franchise player, to a five-year contract extension reportedly worth $80 million, keeping the Pro Bowl defensive tackle with the team through 2021.


Former receiver Andre Johnson will sign a one-day contract Wednesday so he can retire with the team.

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