The Pittsburgh Steelers have been working hard to set themselves up under the salary cap and have continued this by releasing three players, making them free agents.
According to NFL.com, they have released veteran linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown.
The moves came on the same day that Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller received contract extensions, restructuring the two players deals to lessen their effect on the cap.
None of the moves come as a big shock to fans, but the decision to release Larry Foote will have the biggest impact.
Foote was a leader on the team’s defense and he became a fan favorite after spending a decade of his 11-year career with the Steelers, winning two Super Bowl rings in the process.
It is expected that at 33-years old, Foote is set to to hang up his cleats after being made a free agent and enjoy a well earned retirement.
Curtis Brown played for the Steelers for three seasons after originally being selected by Pittsburgh in the third round (95th overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. In three seasons, Brown played in 34 regular-season games.
Levi Brown was acquired by the Steelers in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals on October 2, 2013. He sustained a triceps injury during pregame on October 13, 2013, and was placed on the team’s Reserve/Injured List on October 15, 2013.
It is projected that Pittsburgh have saved more than $7 million against the salary cap by making these moves.