Steelers release veteran tight end Spaeth


The Steelers released veteran tight end Matt Spaeth Thursday with a failed physical designation.

A third-round pick of the Steelers in 2007, Spaeth played seven seasons for the Steelers. He played for the Bears in 2011-12 before returning to the Steelers as a blocking tight end and occasional complement to Heath Miller in 2013.

Spaeth, 32, had knee surgery in January. He’s played in 123 career games and has 55 career receptions, 10 for touchdowns.

The Steelers signed Ladarius Green from the Chargers in March following the retirement of Miller, and young tight end Jesse James might have cut into Spaeth’s playing time even if Spaeth was healthy.

13 responses to “Steelers release veteran tight end Spaeth

  1. So now they’re down to two tight ends neither of which can block. Not good for a team with a fat , old , and slow qb

  2. He was a very appreciated player by Steelernation throughout his career! Thank you and good luck with life in retirement. Steeler for life!

  3. Best wishes and good luck! I always say this but it is so important for players to stick around long enough to get a pension. Spaeth is going to be able to enjoy his retirement.

  4. he’ll be back when he’s well … failed physical 6 months after knee surgery … he’ll get well and reappear later this season …

  5. Steeler fan, but never a big Spaeth fan. He was supposed to be this big red zone threat, but he could never get open. People raved about how good of a blocker he was, but I saw him get manhandled a lot. He was good depth, but he’s replaceable. Between Jesse James and David Johnson they can find their blocking TE, and they apparently really like Xavier Grimble, who they added to the practice squad late last year.

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