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Steelers release Levi Brown, Larry Foote and Curtis Brown

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Safety Troy Polamalu’s future in Pittsburgh was affirmed with a contract extension on Wednesday, the same day that three members of the team received their walking papers.

The Steelers announced that they have released tackle Levi Brown, linebacker Larry Foote and cornerback Curtis Brown.

All of the moves will help the team dive under the cap to start the league year, none more than the departure of Levi Brown. His departure saves more than $6.25 million under the cap, which is a significant chunk of what the Steelers needed to do to get in good shape with the cap. Brown was acquired in a trade with the Cardinals last season with the Steelers line faltering, but never played in a game for them after tearing his triceps in pre-game warmups in Week Six.

Foote and Curtis Brown also ended last season on injured reserve. Foote tore his bicep in the opening week of the season and was set to make $1.5 million this season. The veteran turns 34 in June, which won’t make him the most appealing pickup in free agency. Curtis Brown tore his ACL in November and had a $645,000 base salary for 2014.

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17 Responses to “Steelers release Levi Brown, Larry Foote and Curtis Brown”
  1. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 5, 2014 4:31 PM

    Always liked Larry Foote — made the most of very limited physical skills.

    But hey, maybe this means they’re hope for Spence – and I could definitely dig that.

  2. meatcarroll says: Mar 5, 2014 4:34 PM

    And nothing of value was lost. These guys wouldn’t even crack Butt Francisco’s roster which should give you an idea just how bad they really are.

  3. ratbirdsrule says: Mar 5, 2014 4:34 PM

    can’t believe that

  4. dobreshunka says: Mar 5, 2014 4:38 PM

    They’ll re-sign Foote prior to the start of the season as a backup…great player with some mileage left.

  5. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 5, 2014 4:39 PM

    And nothing of value was lost. These guys wouldn’t even crack Butt Francisco’s roster which should give you an idea just how bad they really are.

    Just enjoy your brief moment in the sun Seadderal…and act more like a champ than a chump.

  6. tigers182 says: Mar 5, 2014 4:42 PM

    Not a Steeler fan, but Larry Foote is one of the all time good guys in this game.

  7. Stiller43 says: Mar 5, 2014 4:43 PM

    Looks like theyre basically at the cap when combined with heath and troys extensions.

    Thats with woodley and ikes bloated contracts on the books. Its also without restructuring antonio brown and timmons, which could save them another 8 mil if they wanted to. Theyll be just fine

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Mar 5, 2014 4:48 PM

    And they could have cut Gradkowski, but with Big Ben’s contract not resolved they don’t want to lose Big Bruce just yet.

  9. qdog112 says: Mar 5, 2014 4:55 PM

    If they don’t get a reduced deal for Troy, they have made a monumental error. With an ineffective secondary ready for AARP cards, they have to do something.

    They are polar opposites of the Panthers, who won’t even talk to their vets.

  10. jwcarlson says: Mar 5, 2014 4:57 PM

    Bad day to a Brown. But that’s pretty normal.

  11. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 5:03 PM

    God’s team!

  12. gbmickey says: Mar 5, 2014 5:03 PM

    The team is in shambles because of poor cap management and lack of good draft choices. Will be lucky to win 4 or 5 games this season.

  13. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 5, 2014 5:10 PM

    Here we go Steelers; here we go!

  14. tavisteelersfan says: Mar 5, 2014 5:49 PM

    I hope Larry is there after the June deadline on Woodley. Based on the cut (some or all?) of his compensation, I’d like to think there would be room for Larry.
    I admit, it is purely emotional; I like the guy. Hard to say he can come back strong from a season ending injury at his age.

  15. steel2372 says: Mar 5, 2014 7:12 PM

    I have to admit Foote is one of my all time favorite Steelers. He brought heart and passion to the defense. He also was the leader of the defense at middle linebacker before he was injured. I hope they can bring him back before the start of the season.

  16. tombstoned says: Mar 6, 2014 8:38 PM

    Gotta do what you gotta do when your front office subscribes to the Jerry Jones school of cap management.

  17. steelchampions says: Mar 8, 2014 12:31 AM

    Thank you Larry Foote! You are a Steeler to the core and will always be remembered alongside all the Steeler greats…

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