Just a couple days after picking up former Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers have made a corresponding move.
The team announced on Monday that it has released veteran backup quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
We have released QB Zach Mettenberger.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2017
This shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise after the Steelers picked up Dobbs. It also comes a few weeks after the team retained fellow backup Landry Jones.
A former sixth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans back in 2014, Mettenberger has not taken a regular season snap in the NFL since 2015. He was picked up off waivers by the Steelers last season and acted as Ben Roethlisberger’s backup.
The idea behind picking up Dobbs during the draft was to find a potential quarterback to replace Big Ben when he calls it quits. The Super Bowl winning signal caller had contemplated retirement following the 2016 season, so it stands to reason the team would look to the future here.
Unfortunately for Mettenberger, a former top high school recruit, he doesn’t fit into the equation here. One now has to wonder whether the former LSU standout’s career is over.