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Steelers cut Bryant McFadden, Arnaz Battle

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Just a few weeks back, we went through the Steelers roster and guessed what players would be cut.

Cornerback Bryant McFadden was one of the names that came up, and the Steelers haven’t wasted any time letting him go.

The team announced Wednesday they released McFadden and receiver Arnaz Battle. They also waived tight end Miguel Chavis and linebacker Erik Clanton.

McFadden was getting paid like a starter, but no longer was a big factor in the secondary. Battle was a well-paid special teamer that was buried on Pittsburgh’s well stocked receiver depth chart.

The moves save the Steelers roughly $3.5 million against the salary cap next year. We anticipate the team making more significant cuts once free agency gets closer.

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22 Responses to “Steelers cut Bryant McFadden, Arnaz Battle”
  1. that_e says: Feb 8, 2012 4:39 PM

    If the $149m figure as reported is correct, then they have a long way to go to squeeze into the ~$125m+2m number that’s estimated for next year’s cap (plus borrowing from future caps).

    So basically, $3.5m down, $18.5m to go….

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Feb 8, 2012 4:40 PM

    Hey, Snyder, you better jump on these guys…that’s what the Foreskins do.

  3. realitypolice says: Feb 8, 2012 4:41 PM

    Since these guys got cut and didn’t become free agents because their contracts ran out, they are eligible to be signed right away, right?

    Thought I read that in of the Peyton articles.

    If so, Kudos to the Steelers for letting these guys go early and get a jump on the process.

    If not, never mind.

  4. derfshambeaux says: Feb 8, 2012 4:46 PM

    They didn’t cut McFadden, he “retired.”

  5. trbowman says: Feb 8, 2012 5:00 PM

    Go Irish!

    Here’s hoping Battle finds another team!

    Bills maybe?

  6. fittytuckin says: Feb 8, 2012 5:11 PM

    @steelerhypocrite

    Foreskins? Really? Are you 10?

  7. ianwhetstone says: Feb 8, 2012 5:16 PM

    “McFadden was getting paid like a starter…”

    … from 1997. He made less than veteran punters can now get.

  8. Deb says: Feb 8, 2012 5:19 PM

    Best of luck to all these players in finding a new home, but especially to Bryant and Arnaz. I’m glad Bryant was able to come back to the team for a while. Wish them well in their future.

  9. 24mountaincreeks says: Feb 8, 2012 5:21 PM

    Arnaz Battle was still in the NFL?

  10. stairwayto7 says: Feb 8, 2012 5:29 PM

    Hoke retired so add that in. Hampton, Aaron Smith, Farrior, Batch, Dixon and Melwarde Moore are gone for sure that that eats up about $17 mill. If ward comes back he gets $1.5 instead of 4 mill…

  11. danrooneyii says: Feb 8, 2012 5:31 PM

    that_e says:

    Woodley restructured. That and the cuts give $10 million in cap space.

    $10 million more to go..

  12. bigtganks says: Feb 8, 2012 5:33 PM

    fittytuckin says:
    Feb 8, 2012 5:11 PM
    @steelerhypocrite

    Foreskins? Really? Are you 10?

    ^ Says the guy with the name “fittytuckin”… Because you must be 14…

  13. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Feb 8, 2012 6:12 PM

    fittytuckin says:
    Feb 8, 2012 5:11 PM
    @steelerhypocrite

    Foreskins? Really? Are you 10?

    ^ Says the guy with the name “fittytuckin”… Because you must be 14…

    HAHAHAHA – GREAT POST

  14. myspaceyourface says: Feb 8, 2012 8:16 PM

    Trai Essex $2 million
    Charlie Batch $900 k
    Hines Ward $3 million
    Max Starks $800 k
    Casey Hampton $5 million
    Bryant McFadden $2.6 million
    Aaron Smith $4.5 million
    Chris Hoke $800 k
    Dan Supulveda $610k

    Total $20.2 million right here

    I’ve heard rumors that Farrior and Foote may be done as well. . . That would definitely get them under

  15. westclaims says: Feb 8, 2012 8:23 PM

    So the Cardinals East let McFadden go?

    Haley to Steelers? Cardinals East.

  16. tk1966 says: Feb 8, 2012 8:33 PM

    fittytuckin says:
    Feb 8, 2012 5:11 PM
    @steelerhypocrite

    Foreskins? Really? Are you 10?

    _______________________________

    this coming from someone with the name “fittytucking”

    son, you live in a glass house… put down the stones…

  17. Deb says: Feb 8, 2012 10:10 PM

    @westclaims …

    McFadden was a Steeler before he was a Cardinal. And so was Haley. He was a ball boy for the Steelers as a kid.

    Nice try, though.

  18. blackngoldimmortals says: Feb 9, 2012 5:43 AM

    @westclaims- Cardinals East??…. I think it’d be Cardinals West wouldn’t it? Just saying

  19. steelerdynasty2010 says: Feb 9, 2012 9:07 AM

    good start….

  20. youguysaretotalnerds says: Feb 9, 2012 11:18 AM

    myspaceyourface says:
    Feb 8, 2012 8:16 PM
    Trai Essex $2 million
    Charlie Batch $900 k
    Hines Ward $3 million
    Max Starks $800 k
    Casey Hampton $5 million
    Bryant McFadden $2.6 million
    Aaron Smith $4.5 million
    Chris Hoke $800 k
    Dan Supulveda $610k

    Total $20.2 million right here

    I’ve heard rumors that Farrior and Foote may be done as well. . . That would definitely get them under
    ___________

    Farrior and Foote are both going to be let go for sure. They total $5.8 in salary in 2012. But they still need to shed more cap. They need to fill the gaps left by those guys(I mean the steelers are deep but they aren’t so deep that they can replace all those guys with current players on the roster).

    Draft picks will command maybe a total of 7 or 8 million in salary this year. Plus any free agency additions. So they have a long long way to go. It might be tough to be good right away, they will need their young guys to grow into starting roles.

  21. detroitcityryda says: Feb 9, 2012 11:24 AM

    Y is it that I always feel bad for these guys when they make more money in a year than most of us in lifetime

  22. cannonballdookie says: Feb 9, 2012 11:30 AM

    Good start, now let’s see about 10 more guys get the axe and we’ll be ready to go.

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