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.