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Four veteran Steelers cut free to negotiate with other teams

The Steelers officially released the four veterans they announced last week would be cut, and all four are free to negotiate with other NFL teams.

Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL

James Farrior is the next veteran Steeler to go

The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on Friday morning that the Steelers had cut roughly $ 37.4 million off their salary cap figure with all their restructuring and releases over the last few weeks. On Friday morning, they lopped off even more money. James Farrior’s agent Ralph Cindrich tweeted on Friday morning — in classic Cindrich style — that Farrior had…

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Steelers to Release Veteran Guard Chris Kemoeatu

The latest veteran Steeler that is going to be shown the door is guard Chris Kemoeatu, as reports say he will be released by the club to try and give them more room under the cap.

A 2005 sixth-round pick out of Utah, the 6-foot-3, 344-pound Kemoeatu spent three season as a reserve before becoming a full-time starter in 2008. Over the last four seasons, Kemoeatu has started 51 of 56 games.

The move of getting rid of Kemoeatu will save the Steelers $ 3.05 million in salary.

Already the team has gotten rid of two veteran players – wide receiver Hines Ward and defensive end Aaron Smith. Rumors are floating around that LB James Farrior is also going to be released.

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Steelers Release Veteran Aaron Smith

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers continue what is looking like a purge of some of their older players with bigger contracts.

Bryant McFadden was released several weeks ago, the Hines Ward announcement came yesterday and today, it is veteran defensive lineman Aaron Smith.

Smith has only played in 15 games the last three seasons with an assortment of injuries.

It’s the main reason why they could not afford to keep him around at age 35.

During his prime, he was one of the best 3-4 defensive linemen in Steelers history.

With the move, the Steelers save about $ 2.5 million.

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Pittsburgh Steelers will release veteran wide receiver Hines Ward

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The smile that made Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, Hines Ward (in)famous is surely subdued today. Michael David Smith of profootballtalk.com writes that the team has announced that they will release the 15-year veteran. This move really comes as no surprise, given the Steelers’ salary cap quandary and the recent emergence of wide receivers Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders. Ward was due $ 4 million in salary for 2012, and the move will save the team $ 2.88 million in cap space. It’s unclear where he will land, if anywhere, at this point.
Ward has been a been a pain in the collective rears for Bengals fans in his 14-year Steeler career. He made numerous plays against the Bengals over the years and made himself into a very unlikeable figure in Bengaldom. Whether it was his mockery of Chad Johnson’s riverdance or the questionable block that broke Keith Rivers’ jaw, Ward will live on as one of the most hated Steelers in the riva…

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Steelers cut ties with veteran wide receiver Ward

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Steelers president Art Rooney II announced that the team will sever ties with Hines Ward, the team’s all-time leading receiver, within two weeks.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

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Steelers about to remove veteran presence

The Steelers are still close to being up against the cap.  The team is still in need of some much needed space to make sure they retain Mike Wallace and can bring in some youth to help this team in the future.  They could also use a free agent to help fill the offensive line.  That means they need to still do some restructured contracts or cut some guys.
The Steelers have done a good job of only removing bad players so far.  They have done more restructuring then cuts.  The team has saved all but $ 3.5 million of its $ 29 plus million in cap savings by restructuring contracts.  It has helped keep this group of close guys together.  They still could restructure James Harrison and Troy Polamalu to save money.  The Steelers need to do some trimming though to get some young guys on the squad and prepare for the future.
Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette expects the Steelers to release at least 3 more guys.  He expects between Larry Foote, Aaron Smith, James Farrior and Hines Ward …

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Veteran dynamic could be changing for the Steelers

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More cuts are coming for the Steelers, and contract restructures as well.  Kevin Colbert, Steelers GM mentioned as much several times in recent interviews with the local media and also at the 2012 NFL Combine during his media session.  We don’t know how many more or who might be involved in having their contract restructured (or  terminated) but Steelers insider Gerry Dulac of the Post Gazette tweeted out:
@gerrydulac: Ben’s restructure puts Steelers very close to cap number. But more moves to come. 3 of 4 prob won’t be back – Ward, Smith, Farrior, Foote.
None of these names would come as any major surprise to most as each one carries some combination of a significant cap hit, coming off an injury, or just at the end of their career. Honestly, losing all 4 of these players would be blow not so much from a production standpoint but from a leadership standpoint. These are players who have Super Bowl rings and have been with the team since before Tomlin arrived….

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Steelers restructure veteran offensive lineman Colon’s contract

The Steelers removed $ 2.85 million off the salary cap by converting $ 3.8 million of Willie Colon’s salary for 2012 into a bonus.

Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Veteran guard puts Vikings in quandary

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The Minnesota Vikings are going younger this offseason in their attempt to catch up with the rest of their division.

Source: post-gazette.com – Steelers/NFL

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