Steelers release David DeCastro

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The Steelers offensive line lost center Maurkice Pouncey to retirement and two other starters to free agency early in the offseason and the changes will not stop there.

The team announced the release of longtime right guard David DeCastro on Thursday. He was set to make $8.75 million this season and the Steelers will clear that amount of cap space while taking on over $5.5 million in dead money.

DeCastro was in attendance at the team’s mandatory minicamp earlier this month, but he did not participate in drills. He did not speak to the media while camp was in session, so the reason he was off the field is not known. He missed three games last season with knee and abdominal injuries and had ankle surgery in the 2020 offseason.

The Steelers had guard Trai Turner in for a visit recently and DeCastro’s departure could open the door for his addition to the offensive line.

DeCastro was a 2012 first-round pick by the Steelers. He made two All-Pro teams and six Pro Bowls during his 124-game run as a starter in Pittsburgh.

34 responses to “Steelers release David DeCastro

  1. Wow this is a shocker! I’m not a steelers fan so I don’t watch all of their games, but Decastro always seemed to be a stud and played at an elite level. One teams gonna get an elite OL for pennies on the dollar.

  2. The man was not healthy all last year. The moment I started reading articles about him not participating in OTAs, and Minicamp, it was only a matter of time.

    You will be missed, David.

  3. Well if the Bengals don’t rush to sign him, who knows what their plans are. I remember when they drafted Kevin Zeitler that same year and we were all over getting DeCastro; he’d be a fantastic fit!

  4. Crazy how this was guy was seen as a bust his first 3 seasons and Joe Thuney is on a HOF career path, unable to make more than 1 All Pro or go to Pro Bowls.

    Classic.

    Everyone who plays in NE stinks and everyone on Pitt is a future HOFer.

  5. It is officially a rebuild. And not just a rebuild of the O-line.

    Bringing back Big Ben at a minimum deal actually saved cap money, and they are releasing veterans who were expensive.

    May finish fourth in the AFC North.

  6. The Steelers are smart. They follow the “better to get rid of a player one year early than one year late” mode of operation.

  7. I mean, they hate patriots in Pittsburgh, I guess. Clearly.

    Guy was and is an American Hero.

  8. Detroit should be on the line to sign this guy. He has been a class act and stud RG for 9 seasons with the Steelers. 6 Pro Bowls in 9 years is impressive. This will allow them to dump the overpay they did on Vitai and have solid rotational man in Crosby across the line.

  9. He was great in his prime, which was a while ago. Injuries have caught with him now. He is a fraction of what he was.

  10. steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    June 24, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    May finish fourth in the AFC North.
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    The Steelers have never had a losing season since Tomlin became coach. They won’t finish fourth.

  11. Wow. Oline just took another serious hit. Steelers in full rebuild on offense. So they drafted a RB in first round? Why? Going to be a long year for Najee.

  12. I remember him questioning why they even played last year without fans..i knew then something was diffferent with him

  13. In a perfect world you’d have posted this immediately before your “Steelers get to 85%” article.

  14. He regressed so much last year, as did Pouncey. Feiler just sucked. Thankfully all three are gone now. They all made millions, so I won’t shed a tear. Next!

  15. Between Roethlisberger’s lost mobility and the departure of the OL that kept him upright for years, Steelers will be a predictable, one dimensional offense in 2021 … and it’s all on the shoulders of a rookie RB. Good luck with that!

  16. Wow.. DeCastro is a stud. He’s not the elite player he once was, but he’s still very, very good. He had a lot of injuries last year and I wonder if there was some concern about his long term health.

    But if this is just a cap move and DeCastro is healthy, he’ll be one hell of a good pickup for some team that needs help in the middle of their o-line. Dude has allowed 2 sacks in 4 years.

  17. Dave must be injured more then most people know. Don’t see him signing with no one if he’s not staying in the burgh. Steelers run game could actually be better. He was not the old david decastro thats for sure.

  18. The Steelers will sign him back on the cheap. They will do the same with Stephen Nelson, the CB.

  19. Big Ben isn’t going to last long with whatever OL they put up…who is the #2 QB again??

  20. The Steelers have never had a losing season since Tomlin became coach. They won’t finish fourth.
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    They might not finish fourth, although it might be good for them. They need to have a high draft pick to get a top QB in the draft. It won’t happen finishing 8-8.

  21. DeCastro is probably going to retire now. Had ankle surgery and reports of his ankle being evaluated meant this was no surprise.. Good Luck Awith him wherever he goes & I thank him for his great play over his career with the Steelers..

  22. Buffalo’s Brandon Beane calling on line one! Not for Decastro, of course, but to sell the Steelers some O-line depth. Forrest Lamp? Ike Boettger? Ryan Bates? Bobby Hart? Book it – one of them will be traded before week 1. And probably to the league’s worst O-line, which the Steelers are for sure competing for this year.

  23. I think if he was “done” he would have retired. He just may not be at his best right now but may be ready to go some time during the season.
    I’d love to see th Bengals at least explore the idea of signing him.

  24. Damn! Are they moving Big Ben to Guard and playing the Ohio State kid at QB? What’s going on with the Steelers?

  25. notwhoyouthinkitis says:
    June 24, 2021 at 4:47 pm
    steaksandwichandsteaksandwich says:
    June 24, 2021 at 4:18 pm

    May finish fourth in the AFC North.
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    The Steelers have never had a losing season since Tomlin became coach. They won’t finish fourth.

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    Yeah, Cincy is probably going to save you.

  26. NR1853 says:
    June 24, 2021 at 4:26 pm
    The Steelers are smart. They follow the “better to get rid of a player one year early than one year late” mode of operation.

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    That worked for the patriots right up until Brady was the player to get rid of

  27. “The Steelers have never had a losing season since Tomlin became coach. They won’t finish fourth”

    Neither did the Patriots. First time for everything.

  28. Steelers are definitely on the downward trend. Declining QB and weakened Oline. Gonna be a long year…

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