Former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back William Gay is set to visit the New York Giants on Thursday and could sign a contract pending the outcome of a physical. Gay’s former Steelers teammate Bryant McFadden broke the news.
.@Giants have a visit scheduled with former #Steelers William Gay tomorrow. Contract pending outcome of physical,per William Gay.#NYGiants #Giantsnation #NFLFreeAgency2018
— Bryant McFadden (@BMac_SportsTalk) April 4, 2018
Gay also posted a picture of him and Giants star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on Instagram with the caption “New teammate.”
Gay, 33, was released earlier this offseason by the Steelers after spending the last five years in Pittsburgh. He had also spent his first five years in the league with the Steelers and had one season with the Arizona Cardinals in between.
Gay saw his role significantly reduced in Pittsburgh last season as his speed has diminished. He started just one game. He had 19 total tackles, one interception, and two forced fumbles. However, he still played all 16 games to push his streak of consecutive regular-season games to 176, the longest active streak in the league among defensive players.
Gay is now set to join a Giants secondary which has been significantly retooled. They've already added Teddy Williams, Curtis Riley, and B.W. Webb as cornerback additions. Meanwhile, veteran Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was waived and Ross Cockrell went to the Panthers. Gay has extensive experience playing in the slot, which could be where he finds himself in New York.
Gay will also be reunited with an old friend in Giants assistant defensive backs coach Deshea Townsend. The two were teammates from 2007-09 in Pittsburgh. Townsend also held the same position in Arizona during the one year Gay spent with the Cardinals.