Steelers release Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro after nine seasons

The Steelers are heading out in different directions from one of the mainstays of their offensive line.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero detailed that Pittsburgh has released perennial Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro on Thursday. The team later affirmed the move, which NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport noted will save $8.75 million in cap space.

Retirement is likewise an opportunity for the 31-year-old lineman, per Rapoport and NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo. DeCastro underwent surgery on his ankle before last season and has had issues with it for some time. He was still adequate in 2020 to procure a 6th successive Pro Bowl selection. Be that as it may, he’s been considering his football future of late while having his ankle evaluated, Garafolo added. The two-time All-Pro has been an fixture in the Steelers’ beginning lineup since 2013, one year after the franchise selected him in the first round out of Stanford.

Pittsburgh as of now has a previous Pro Bowler in line to supplant DeCastro. Rapoport detailed the team has insatiability to terms with veteran guard Trai Turner, who was restricted to nine games with the Chargers last year in view of a groin injury yet broadcasted himself to be 100% healthy after his June visit with the Steelers.

DeCastro’s takeoff proceeds with Pittsburgh’s offseason initiative to overhaul the offensive line, with long-term starters Maurkice Pouncey (retired), Alejandro Villanueva (Ravens) and Matt Feiler (Chargers) additionally gone. The Steelers, obviously, have a new offensive line coach (Adrian Klemm) and offensive coordinator (Matt Canada) also.

Ben Roethlisberger losing his longest remaining running mate on offense is presently the most recent, if not generally amazing, change.