Reporting Bob Pompeani
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers continue what is looking like a purge of some of their older players with bigger contracts.
Bryant McFadden was released several weeks ago, the Hines Ward announcement came yesterday and today, it is veteran defensive lineman Aaron Smith and offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu.
Smith has only played in 15 games the last three seasons with an assortment of injuries. It’s the main reason why they could not afford to keep him around at age 35.
During his prime, he was one of the best 3-4 defensive linemen in Steelers history. With the move, the Steelers save about $2.5 million.
The Steelers will save an additional $3.6 million with the release of Kemoeatu. He spent seven years with the organization and played in 13 games in 2011.
Kemoeatu played in only 13 games last season because of a knee injury and erratic play.
With the releases of Ward, Smith and Kemoeatu the Steelers cleared nearly $10 million in cap room in 24 hours.