The New York Giants are adding more depth to their secondary, signing veteran cornerback William Gay. Gay’s agent broke the news on Thursday via Twitter.
Thrilled that William Gay will be continuing his outstanding career as he signs w/ @Giants for what will be his 12th @NFL season! #bigplay— Jerrold Colton (@Jerrold_Colton) April 5, 2018
The 33-year-old Gay has spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, interrupted only when he spent 2012 with the Arizona Cardinals. Gay has been a model of durability, never having missed a game in his career.
Gay’s role in Pittsburgh declined the past couple of seasons. After having been a full-time starter for several years, he started only nine games in 2016 and one last season. He played only 27 percent of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps last season.
The Giants parted ways with veteran cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and lost Ross Cockrell in free agency this offseason.
Gay is the fourth corner the Giants have added, with Curtis Riley, Teddy Williams and B.W. Webb being the others.
Current Giants assistant defensive backs coach DeShea Townsend was a teammate of Gay’s in Pittsburgh.