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TRADE: Giants Get CB Ross Cockrell From Pittsburgh Steelers

We speculated on Giants’ need for cornerback depth, and they went out and got some

NFL: AFC Championship-Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced Saturday afternoon that they are trading cornerback Ross Cockrell to the New York Giants in exchange for a conditional draft pick.

Cockrell is a 26-year-old, corner with decent size (6’0,” 190 pounds) who figures to add to the Giants’ depth.

Drafted in the fourth round of the 2014 draft out of Duke by the Buffalo Bills, Cockrell was signed by the Steelers when he was released by the Bills in 2015. Cockrell started seven games for the Steelers in 2015, and expanded on his role in 2016, starting all 16 games.

Cockrell was active for the Steelers, with a combined 106 tackles in his 31 games, as well as a pair of interceptions in 2015, 10 passes defensed in 2016, and a forced fumble. Pro Football Focus named Cockrell the Steelers’ “Secret Superstar” going in to the 2017 season after he allowed just two scores on 93 total targets and 0.87 yards per coverage snap.

This move should give the Giants a player with starter ability and experience as the fourth corner on their depth chart.

This is the second time in three years that the Giants have executed a trade just before the season with the Steelers, picking up punter Brad Wing in 2015.

Stick around for more on the trade as we get it.