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Steelers lose Brice McCain to Dolphins

The Pittsburgh Steelers lost a cornerback Wednesday when Brice McCain signed a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.

David Canter, who represents McCain, announced the signing on Twitter.

The loss of McCain leaves the Steelers with William Gay, Cortez Allen and B.W. Webb as the only cornerbacks on their roster with NFL experience.

Antwon Blake is expected to return after the Steelers offered him a $1.554-million contract on Monday. Blake is a restricted free agent and the Steelers have a right to match any offer made to him.

The Steelers are also expected to take a cornerback early in the draft.

McCain, 28, resuscitated his career after signing a one-year contract for the veteran minimum last March. He opened the season as the Steelers’ No. 4 cornerback, but the 5-foot-9, 187-pounder ended it as a starter because of injuries and ineffectiveness at the position.

McCain tied Gay for the team lead with three interceptions despite starting only eight regular-season games.

McCain's 22-yard interception return for a touchdown helped the Steelers stave off an upset bid in a 17-9 win at Jacksonville in early October. Besides his three interceptions, McCain recorded 24 tackles and defended five passes. He also recovered a fumble.

McCain spent his first five seasons in Houston, but fell out of favor with the Texans and they released him after the 2013 season.