Steelers “Loss” of William Gay in Free Agency Results in Compensatory Pick

William Gay is turning out to be the gift that keeps on giving for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

A year ago the Steelers lost Gay to Pittsburgh West aka the Arizona Cardinals in free agency. Less than a year later, William Gay was headed back to Pittsburgh East aka the Pittsburgh Steelers. But he was gone long enough to get a compensatory pick in the 6th Round of the 2013 NFL draft, according to Behind the Steel Curtain.

  • Adding to the irony of it all is the fact that Gay himself was a 5th round compensatory pick in Mike Tomlin and Kevin Colbert’s 2007 inaugural draft class. 

For those of you taking notes, Gay “loss” nets the Steelers the 38th pick of the 6th round of the draft, giving the Steelers the 206th overall pick.

The Steelers history with compensatory picks is checkered. On one end they’ve used compensatory  selections to pick players like Jahine Arnold and Tee Martin and on the other players like Antonio Brown and David Paulson have come to the Steelers via compensatory selections.

Spaeth’s Return Official 

The ranks of the Steelers 2007 Draft Class officially grew by on yesterday, as Matt Spaeth signed a two year contract to return to the Steelers.

The Steelers originally drafted Matt Spaeth in the third round of the 2007 NFL Draft, but lost to Chicago as a free agent. Spaeth’s signing had been reported late last week, but only became official yesterday.

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