As the Pittsburgh Steelers prepare to enter the NFL free agency period next week, they continued clearing space under the salary cap by releasing three players. Pittsburgh released veteran linebacker Larry Foote, cornerback Curtis Brown and offensive tackle Levi Brown.
The moves came on the same day that Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller received contract extensions to reduce their cap hits.
None of the moves are a big surprise, but the decision to release Foote will impact the team the most. Foote was a leader on the team’s defense and he became a fan favorite after spending a decade of his 11-year career with the Steelers.
It would not be surprising to see Foote hang up his cleats and call it a career during the offseason.
By releasing the three players, Pittsburgh saves more than $7 million under the cap.