How many more players do the Pittsburgh Steelers need to release?
PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers have released five players in the first two business days following the NFL draft.
Running backs Brandon Brown-Dukes and Gus Johnson, cornerback Al-Hajj Shabazz and wide receiver Canaan Severin followed quarterback Zach Mettenberger out a proverbial a door on Tuesday.
Pittsburgh had the maximum of 90 players on its offseason roster following its signing of nine undrafted rookie free agents. Players previously on the roster have to be cut to make room for the Steelers’ eight draft picks, who remain unsigned but can participate in rookie minicamp, organized team activities and minicamp without contracts.
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With Tuesday’s cuts, the Steelers are down to what we’ll call a provisional roster number of 93 players.
They can already start signing draft picks because their real roster number is 85, but Pittsburgh will need to cut three more players before they can ink the entire class.
General manager Kevin Colbert said on Saturday undrafted rookie free agents be attempted improvements over the players the team in turn released. Pittsburgh signed West Virginia running back Rushel Shell before cutting two ball carriers, Pitt defensive back Terrish Webb before releasing Shabazz, the only player released so far to have played in games for the Steelers.
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Severin’s release comes after an offseason in which the Steelers signed fellow target wideout Justin Hunter, then picked USC standout JuJu Smith-Schuster in the second round of the draft.
Rookie minicamp runs May 12-14.
Steelers 2017 NFL Draft picks
1st round: No. 30 overall – T.J. Watt, OLB, Wisconsin
2nd round: No. 62 overall – JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, USC
3rd round: No. 94 overall – Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
No. 105 overall – James Conner, RB, Pitt
4th round: No. 135 overall – Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee
5th round: No. 173 overall – Brian Allen, CB, Utah
6th round: No. 213 overall – Colin Holba, LS, Louisville
7th round: No. 248 overall – Keion Adams, OLB, Western Michigan
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