Steelers show interest in Patrick Robinson

The Pittsburgh Steelers are among a handful of teams that have shown interest in free-agent cornerback Patrick Robinson, per ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

The Steelers lost a cornerback Wednesday when Brice McCain signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins. They have just three cornerbacks on their roster with NFL experience.

Robinson played 14 games for the New Orleans last season and started six of them. The 5-11, 194-pounder intercepted two passes and was credited with 11 passes defended.

Robinson was a first-round pick by the Saints in 2010. New Orleans, Miami, the Carolina Panthers and Minnesota Vikings have also expressed interest in Robinson, per Anderson.

The Steelers have been very quiet through the first 24 hours of free agency.

They have yet to sign a player since free agency started and have lost McCain while outside linebacker Jason Worilds announced his surprising retirement Tuesday night.

The Steelers have scheduled a visit with running back DeAngelo Williams on Friday.

A couple of notes.

  • The Steelers cleared around $3.5 million in salary-cap space when they restructured center Maurkice Pouncey's contract. Pouncey’s 2015 cap hit will be around $4.663 million, according to ESPN Roster Management. It had been $8.1 prior to the Steelers turning bonus money and base salary into a signing bonus.

  • Here are some contract figures for the two players the Steelers re-signed prior to the start of free agency. Outside linebacker Arthur Moats signed a three-year contract worth as much as $7.5 million, according to ESPN Roster Management, and it includes a $1.9 signing bonus. Tight end Matt Spaeth signed a two-year, $2.2 million contract with a $275,000 signing bonus. The signing bonuses are the only guarantees in each deal. Moats’ cap hits are roughly $1.483 million in 2015, $3.133 in 2016 and $2.883 million in 2017. Spaeth’s cap hits are roughly $1.063 million and $1.138 million.