In a somewhat surprising move, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that they have released veteran guard David DeCastro on Thursday.
Releasing DeCastro is the latest of a flurry of changes along the Steelers' offensive line this offseason. Alongside DeCastro, starting center Maurkice Pouncey retired, starting left tackle Alejandro Villanueva left in free agency to sign with the Baltimore Ravens, and starting left guard Matt Feiler left to sign with the Los Angeles Chargers. Pittsburgh's offensive line will feature several new faces now for the 2021 season.
The Steelers selected the Stanford guard with the No. 24 overall pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. DeCastro has since spent all nine seasons of his career in the black and gold. DeCastro was one of the league's best guards during the majority of his tenure in Pittsburgh, making First-Team All-Pro in both 2015 and 2017, Second-Team All-Pro in 2016, and being selected to six Pro Bowls. Now, at 31-years old, he will either find a new team for the first time in his career or decide to hang up the cleats, which is reportedly a possibility according to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo. Garafolo mentioned on Twitter how the All-Pro lineman is evaluating his future while having his ankle evaluated.
The Steelers will reportedly save $8.75 million in cap space from this move. The team may already have DeCastro's replacement in mind as well as veteran guard Trai Turner recently visited with Pittsburgh. Turner played in just nine games for the Chargers in 2020 because of a groin injury. Turner has made five Pro Bowls during his career.
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