Steelers cut Zach Mettenberger

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The Steelers drafted quarterback Josh Dobbs in the fourth round and his arrival is likely the reason they announced the departure of another player at the position on Monday.

Zach Mettenberger has drawn the short straw and will now look for work elsewhere in the league. Dobbs and Landry Jones remain on hand as reserves behind Ben Roethlisberger.

Mettenberger was drafted by the Titans in the sixth round of the 2014 draft and started 10 games over his first two seasons before being released last spring. He spent the offseason and preseason with the Chargers, but landed with the Steelers on waivers after failing to make the 53-man roster in San Diego.

Mettenberger’s release means that he won’t get to pose for selfies with Steelers first-round pick T.J. Watt. Watt’s brother J.J. once ripped Mettenberger for taking pre-game selfies, which led Mettenberger to take a shot at Watt and the Texans for wearing letterman jackets to a game against the Patriots in an amusing exchange that may stand as the highlight of Mettenberger’s brief time as a starter in the NFL.

19 responses to “Steelers cut Zach Mettenberger

  1. Volunteer / Steeler fan here. As much as I liked Dobbs at UT, I’m not sure about him behind center for the Steelers. Big and athletic, decent arm, but not great accuracy. Hopefully I’ll be proven wrong.

  2. WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY ?? Landry is dieing to be a Dallas Cowboy… give that man his dream… ugh I thought Zach had a chance too…

  3. this guy has no business in the NFL ..he was barely average in college on a loaded LSU squad

  4. At least the Steeler’s didn’t make him get a haircut like WHIZ did in Tennessee

  5. Wow, I didn’t realize that Sunshine from Remember the Titans made it in the NFL.

  6. Good luck and best wishes to Zach Mettenberger. If you’re going to get cut it’s better to get it over with sooner rather than later. Hopefully he can land somewhere and keep working to get qualified — if he isn’t already — for an NFL pension.

  7. Ah yes the letterman jacket game, good times, good times.
    As a group the Texans should have burnt them after that game and urinated on the ashes

  8. And there were silly Titan fans who kept saying skip Mariota and roll with Mettenberger 2 years ago. That was obviously a huge mistake on some people’s judgement.

  9. And there were silly Titan fans who kept saying skip Mariota and roll with Mettenberger 2 years ago. That was obviously a huge mistake on some people’s judgement.
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    Not this Titans fan. Mettenberger was grossly overrated.

    A terrible QB who would chuck it 50 yards into double/triple coverage while ignoring the uncovered guy at the first down marker.

  10. As a fan of football, and a fan of the better good for people in general, I wish him well.

    As a Steelers fan, I thank God the Steelers never had to play him.

    Go Steelers!

  11. They should have let him compete. They cut him so they do not have to justify keeping Dobbs.

  12. Letterman jackets! Want to piss off a Texan fan just bring that game up.
    Texans go strutting into Gillette Stadium riding high with a 11-1 record wearing these ridiculous jackets and get thrashed 42-14 on Monday Night Football for all the world to see.

  13. Once again, QBs who play poorly in college have zero chance of making it in the NFL. I can’t believe more personnel people don’t look at tape. Go look at his college tape. He was terrible. This isn’t rocket science. Scouting is almost an exact science if you strictly go by tape.

  14. citizenstrange says:
    May 1, 2017 2:40 PM
    Good luck and best wishes to Zach Mettenberger. If you’re going to get cut it’s better to get it over with sooner rather than later. Hopefully he can land somewhere and keep working to get qualified — if he isn’t already — for an NFL pension.

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    Sometimes finding out the answer to a funny question is amusing in and of itself.

    Yes, Zach Mettenberger HAS QUALIFIED for an NFL pension. He will earn, at age 55, $1880/month for the rest of his life if he never plays again in the NFL. His last “year” in Pittsburgh qualified him for his pension, so he just made it.

    His 3 seasons earn him 2014, $560/month, and 2015 and 2016, $660/month each for his total of $1880. The pension payments are slightly higher since the current CBA went into effect.

    If interested, current players get per year eligible:

    2011 and prior years $470/month
    2012-2014 $560/month
    2015-2017 $660/month
    2018-2020 $760/month

    A player needs at least 3 “credited seasons” with 3 active or inactive games on a roster per year to count for a “credited season” (regular or post-season games count) in order to qualify for a pension.

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