Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Antwon Blake has signed his restricted free agent tender, ensuring he will return for the 2015 season.
After the initial roster cut in 2013, the Steelers picked up Antwon Blake, Cody Wallace and Zoltan Mesko in a bit of waiver wire bargain hunting. Blake saw no action at corner in 2013, but Carnell Lake mentioned him when reporters question the Steelers decision to wait until the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft to pick a corner, Shaquelle Richardson who has since been cut.
Antwon Blake began the 2014 season as the Steelers 3rd cornerback, but found himself displaced by Brice McCain, as McCain replaced Ike Taylor. However, Blake’s demotion did not last long, as he supplanted starter Cortez Allen who lost his starting job and then found himself benched altogether.
Blake’s biggest play came in the Steelers season finale defeat of the Cincinnati Bengals, when he forced an A.J. Green fumble to seal victory.
Blake made headlines this off season for the wrong reason, with a public drunkeness arrest in California, although Blake was not charged with any crime.
With Blake formally back in the fold for 2015, the Steelers now have William Gay, Cortez Allen, and B.W. Webb on their roster, and are expected to target cornerback early in the 2015 NFL Draft.