The Cincinnati Bengals are very familiar with cornerback William Gay.
Gay spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and just became a free agent as the Steelers cut him as a cap casualty on Monday. Now that the Bengals have declined to pick up the option on Adam Jones’ contract, might Gay be on the radar?
Gay is nearly a year and a half younger than Jones, and put together what was probably the best season of his career in 2016 when he became one of the best slot cornerbacks in the NFL and earned an overall grade from Pro Football Focus of 83.7. Out of 52 cornerbacks, he allowed the second-fewest yards per cover snap in the slot, behind only Denver’s Chris Harris, Jr.
But, like Jones, Gay struggled mightily last year. He only played in 27 percent of the defensive snaps for the Steelers, and his overall grade plummeted to 51.4.


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