The Pittsburgh Steelers are making big moves this season with the signing of Cordarrelle Patterson. The two-year, $6 million contract was announced by NFL Media on the same day that the league revealed changes to kickoffs, which could potentially increase the number of kickoff returns in the future.

Patterson, a first round pick in 2013, has played for several teams including the Vikings, Raiders, Patriots, Bears and Falcons. He holds the all-time record for touchdown returns with nine to his name. Beyond his return abilities, Patterson is also a versatile offensive player who can contribute as a runner and receiver.

During his time with the Falcons in 2021, Patterson had an impressive 1,166 yards from scrimmage and showed his ability to impact games in multiple ways. The Steelers likely targeted him for his return abilities, especially given the new kickoff rules. If Patterson is able to take advantage of these changes and break coverage, Pittsburgh’s opponents could soon be kicking the ball through the end zone to avoid giving him a chance to make a big play on the return.

Overall, this move by the Steelers shows their commitment to going all-in this season and gives them a powerful weapon on offense.

By Samantha Johnson

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