PITTSBURGH (AP) The Pittsburgh Steelers signed cornerback William Gay to a three-year deal on Tuesday, keeping the veteran in the fold rather than letting him test free agency.

The 31-year-old Gay is one of the league's most dependable players. He's played in 144 straight games since the Steelers took him in the fifth round of the 2007 draft. Gay has played eight of his nine seasons with the Steelers. He played for Arizona in 2012 before returning to Pittsburgh.

Gay holds the NFL record for most consecutive pick-sixes in NFL history, returning five straight interceptions for touchdowns between the 2013 and 2015 seasons. Gay, who served as Pittsburgh's defensive captain in 2015, has 11 career interceptions to go with six sacks, seven forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.

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