With Max Starks heading back to Pittsburgh, the Steelers needed to open some space on the roster.
They did that on Thursday afternoon by announcing the release of tackle Jonathan Scott. Scott spent the last two years with the Steelers, starting 14 times in place of injured players ahead of him on the depth chart. Before Starks returned to the team, Scott was penciled into a backup tackle role behind Marcus Gilbert and rookie Mike Adams, but Starks’ arrival meant that Scott’s services were no longer needed in that role.
Scott was set to make $2.2 million this season, so his release could also potentially give the Steelers more money to put toward a new contract for wide receiver Mike Wallace. The team is reportedly still optimistic about getting such a deal done before the start of training camp, so a little more money might add to that optimism.
Scott was a fifth-round pick of the Lions in 2006. He spent two years in Detroit and two years in Buffalo before making his way to the Steelers.