Steelers release Troy Smith

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When the Steelers signed quarterbacks Troy Smith earlier this offseason, they were filling a position of need since all three of Ben Roethlisberger’s backups from last year were free agents.

Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch are back in Pittsburgh, though, and that left Smith without a chair when the music stopped on Monday. Or, to put it in non-musical chairs terms, the Steelers announced that they have released Smith from their 90-man roster. That leaves Smith without a job a month before the start of camps and more than a year removed from his last NFL experience.

Smith spent 2011 playing in the UFL where he backed up former Oregon quarterback Jeremiah Masoli for most of the season. In a sign of how quickly things can change, Smith started six games for the 49ers in 2010 and didn’t play considerably worse than Alex Smith. He wasn’t re-signed by San Francisco, however, and now the tale of two Smiths favors Alex by more than few country miles.

Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner at Ohio State, was a fifth-round pick of the Ravens in 2007.

29 responses to “Steelers release Troy Smith

  1. The NFL is THE business other than the “Loan Shark/Mob Business” where sentiment means nothing… NOTHING! 2006 Heismann winner or not, signed as cover, but the cover got re-signed, so gone, SIMPLES!

  2. He was the chosen one! LOL

    Troy Smith has (had?) one of the largest cult followings I’ve ever seen despite being such a bad player.

    Him screaming at Mike Singletary after he kept throwing picks pretty much sealed his fate.

  3. I don’t have any particular feelings about Smith one way or the other. But since Leftwich is two years from his last NFL game experience, and Charlie breaks easily, too, I wouldn’t mind having someone younger and tougher ready to come in for Ben if need be. Wonder what the Jets have planned for Greg McElroy.

  4. The only knock I have on smith is his inability to throw outside the numbers, his sideline passes can be a little inaccurate, but I always rooted for the kid (I am a UC ((cincinnati) fan, not Ohio State fan!) and thought he out performed alex smith. On top of this, he had the inside track to start for the ravens before he had such bad luck with tonsilitis and joe flacco got the job and never looked back. All of this from a bengals fan too! I wouldn’t mind bringing in Troy Smith as our 3rd QB, he is surely better than Jordan Palmer was when Carson “Quitta” Palmer was our QB.

  5. Yes, his next stop is clearly the Raiders. The landing spot for big name busts and guys past their prime.

  6. can you believe he was the starter for the ravens till he got the flu and in stepped flacco. lol shoulda wore a sweater troy!

  7. Amazing we release quarterbacks better than the browns & ravens have! What a blessed fanbase we truly are!

  8. “In a sign of how quickly things can change, Smith started six games for the 49ers in 2010 and didn’t play considerably worse than Alex Smith.”

    How did you reach that conclusion? I thought he was considerably worse and was upset when Sing had him start the key game of that season against the Rams in Week16. Of course, had Alex start and won the game they would have made the playoffs and Harbaugh might not have been hired so on 2nd thought…very special thanks to Troy Smith!

  9. I won’t deny he made some really exciting big plays. I also won’t pretend that a good chunk of them were pure luck. Like heaving the ball up into the air blindly on his way to the ground on a would be sack for it then to drop between 3 defenders for a TD or overthrowing WIDE OPEN Vernon Davis by 15 yards and Crabtree just ended up in the right place while double covered and an additional safety coming down from over the top. Of course afterwards it was “Oh no I saw Vernon open underneath, but Crabs was deep on the go route and I just new he was going to make the play” EVERYONE knew that play was bogus

  10. Another sad fact is Smith backing up Masoli who couldn’t even make the 49ers practice squad last year… and they didn’t even bother with QB, they were trying him out as a running back

  11. The incident between him and Singletary really hurt this kid. Him yelling like a brat at his coach, probably still resonates with a lot of GMs in the league. It’s a shame because he does have talent, but it’s going to take some patience, coaching, and time, to get him to a bonafied NFL starter. The attitude he displayed on the sidelines probably makes coaches weary of putting in the time and effort.

  12. steelersownyou says:
    Jun 25, 2012 5:22 PM
    Amazing we release quarterbacks better than the browns & ravens have! What a blessed fanbase we truly are!
    I don’t know about all of that, but if he couldn’t push Batch out of contention, it says a lot about how much work this kid needs to put in.

  13. If u have eyes and use them to watch tsmith… There is really only one thing u can observe… He is terrible… Shlda converted to special teams.,,

  14. The vast majority of QBs who won the Heisman Trophy since the 1990s have been busts. Look it up. Cam was the only one to buck the trend and, to a lesser extent, Carson Palmer.

  15. Oh great, we resigned two backup QB’s the team had absolutely no confidence in whatsoever last season (facepalm). Makes perfect sense. If anything happens to Ben, the season is now officially over. So disappointing to read after hearing about our great draft!

    Tomlinson: if you won’t put your backup QB’s into the games when your 1st string QB is obviously injured and ineffectual, there is no point in having them on the roster.

  16. @steelcitypride84:

    I think Dixon wanted out, so he could go somewhere and fight for a starting job. We still have Jerrod Johnson, if you’re really concerned with age and durability. Chances are we will end up retiring(ahem!) I mean releasing either Charlie or Lord Byron.

  17. Are we seriously discussing Troy Smith and the back up QB depth of our beloved Steelers? Big Ben went face first in to a windshield without a helmet. Then started training camp. Then had appendicitis. Then played a week later. He won Superbowls behind below average talent offensive line. Was suspended 4 games for almost going to prison. He haz been sCked more than any other QB since he has entered the league. Now he is behind young talented offensive line. Dennis Dixon is still unsigned. Waz passed over by Cleveland, Denvef, Miami amongst other QB needy teams. Hell. Even the Arizona Steelers West passed on him. We will be fine with the two old ex-MAC QBs holding Bens clipboard waiting to see who will break there wrist first until Ben goes back in. Hell. Its not like we have Joe Flacco. We have Big Ben.

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