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It looks like Steelers cuts are all over

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is calling it the March Massacre.

In the span of three days, the Steelers let go of defensive end Aaron Smith, wide receiver Hines Ward, guard Chris Kemoeatu, and linebacker James Farrior. That’s 44 years of experience with the Steelers, gone in very short order.

The team started the process by releasing wideout Arnaz Battle and cornerback Bryant McFadden in short order.

It appears the cuts are over. Ed Bouchette writes that the Steelers have freed up enough cap space to be more than $10 million under the cap. That will allow them to tender their restricted free agents, sign rookies, and spackle some roster holes with low cost free agents.

While the process was painful, the Steelers created a lot of salary cap space without hurting their team much. Farrior was the biggest contributor of the group and he’s turning 37 years old this season.

Pittsburgh knew this process was coming and they remain a franchise in very good shape to contend for another AFC title in 2012.

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13 Responses to “It looks like Steelers cuts are all over”
  1. tybrew says: Mar 3, 2012 12:42 PM

    No big FA for them this year

  2. citizenstrange says: Mar 3, 2012 12:53 PM

    Pittsburgh knew this process was coming and they remain a franchise in very good shape to contend for another AFC title in 2012.
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    If they can somehow finish better than 21st in scoring offense. And that 21st includes all the really bad defenses they played in an extremely easy schedule.

    Hopefully they won’t keep getting stomped by good teams e.g., 35-7 by the Ravens and 20-3 by the 49ers.

    And also hopefully Haley won’t think a 6-3 win over the Browns is a great offense.

  3. emmac13 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:57 PM

    Farrior was a good player. That being said that D is always stout with Dick LeBeau in control. Hines Ward won’t be missed now they will be running more with Redman.

  4. linder10 says: Mar 3, 2012 12:57 PM

    @tybrew
    Steelers never were a big free agent signing team anyways.

  5. henrykissingerisgod says: Mar 3, 2012 1:15 PM

    citizenstrange

    The ravens won one more game than the steelers. They also got stomped by the chargers and lost to one of the worst teams in the league. Go hang that AFC north division title because that is all you won.

  6. dalucks says: Mar 3, 2012 1:23 PM

    I hope the Texans do like the Steelers:
    1. Cut Kevin Walter, Jacoby Jones, Matt Leinart & Shaun Cody
    2. Restructure the contracts of Owen Daniels, Antiono Smith, Demeco Ryans and Andre Johnson
    3. Resign Mario Williams, Arian Foster, Chris Meyers and Mike Briseil to 3 year contracts each
    4. Trade the 26th pick in the 2012 draft to the Vikings for their 2nd and 3rd round pick

  7. pitt4059 says: Mar 3, 2012 1:25 PM

    I hope they’re not done cutting. Why in the world would you keep an injured, overweight Casey Hampton who is coming off surgery AFTER the season and will not be ready for the start of the season? Same goes for Mendenhall who some are saying won’t be ready for next season. Sepulveda needs to be gone too. Three years of injuries for a punter. Nuts!

  8. melikefootball says: Mar 3, 2012 3:00 PM

    Steeler are hated by many but they make the hard moves to keep in the hunt. Farrior was gettin up in age and some of the others have been there but have missed many games with injuries.

  9. zackd2 says: Mar 3, 2012 5:09 PM

    “No big FA for them this year”

    Don’t worry, NFL is on it trying to raise the cap

  10. lawboy2000 says: Mar 4, 2012 3:00 AM

    Farrior = Steelers’ greatest free agent acquisition ever.

  11. macadamia2010 says: Mar 4, 2012 7:33 AM

    @henrykissingerisgod

    The Ravens will hang their AFC North divisiton title, as well as a victory in the playoffs, something your beloved Steely McBeams can’t do this season or…by the looks of things…for seasons to come.

    Your run is over.

  12. heyzeus143 says: Mar 4, 2012 11:10 AM

    macadamia2010
    I beg to differ

  13. walkinginthewasteland says: Mar 4, 2012 12:09 PM

    macadamia2010 says: Mar 4, 2012 7:33 AM

    @henrykissingerisgod

    The Ravens will hang their AFC North divisiton title, as well as a victory in the playoffs, something your beloved Steely McBeams can’t do this season or…by the looks of things…for seasons to come.

    Your run is over.

    _____________

    Was it over for the Ravens in 2011, when they made similar cuts to jettison older non-productive players and went younger? No, but now it is for the Steelers. You bring down the collective IQ of Raven’s fans with your hypocrisy.

    The only difference was last year the Steelers were coming off a SB appearance, and figured to make 1 more run with the old guys. Were you even shaving the last time the Ravens came off a SB appearance? You dont have Tony Siragusa to land on opposing QBs anymore.

    Oh, I forgot, your team did win the SB last year twice, in week one and in week nine, and then while they waited for the Lombardi to be mailed to them they mailed in performances against Tennesee and Seattle. Same old Ravens.

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