Veteran linebacker LaMarr Woodley has been released by the Pittsburgh Steelers in order to save money under the salary cap.
The Steelers have elected to cut the defensive star to save money in preparation for the upcoming NFL draft.
Another factor in their decision was the inability of Woodley to stay healthy throughout his Steeler career.
Their decision to wait until after June 1st to make the move will result in the Steelers freeing up $8 million in salary cap space in 2014.
Woodley was a second-round selection by Pittsburgh in the 2007 NFL draft and the linebacker out of Michigan University signed a 6-year deal worth $61.5 million in 2011.
Woodley has been plagued with injuries throughout his career, suffering with hamstring and calf problems that stretch all the way back to October of 2011.
The linebacker was part of the Super Bowl winning Pittsburgh Steelers side of 2009 and in the same year he also received his only pro bowl selection of his career.
At the age of 29, it is possible that Woodley could feature in the NFL for many years to come, it will depend on how his body holds up and whether another franchise is willing to offer him the opportunity on their roster.