Unable to beat the Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII last month, the Arizona Cardinals raided Pittsburgh's roster instead, signing cornerback Bryant McFadden to a two-year contract worth $10 million Sunday.
The 27-year-old McFadden made eight regular-season starts last season while helping lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl victory over the Cardinals. He had 54 tackles and one sack despite missing six games due to a fractured forearm.
McFadden returned from his injury and started the final three regular-season games and also all three of the Steelers' postseason games. He also had three tackles in the Super Bowl.
McFadden was a second-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2005 out of Florida State.
McFadden reportedly had four teams vying for his services, Arizona, Pittsburgh, Miami and Philadelphia.
The $5-million per year asking price was too much for the Steelers, however. Currently, only three defensive players – safety Troy Polamalu, nose tackle Casey Hampton and cornerback Ike Taylor, are scheduled to earn more than $5 million in 2009, though the team is working on a contract extension with linebacker James Harrison.
McFadden is the third Pittsburgh player – but first starter – to sign elsewhere in free agency, joining wide receiver Nate Washington, who signed with Tennessee, and safety Anthony Smith, who agreed to terms with Green Bay.