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Pittsburgh Steelers release six-time Pro Bowl tackle David DeCastro

David DeCastro landing spots, NFL free agency
Dec 2, 2020; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro (66) looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the second quarter at Heinz Field. The Steelers won 19-14. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

The Pittsburgh Steelers released six-time Pro Bowl offensive guard David DeCastro on Thursday.

DeCastro was in the final season of a six-year, $58.07 million contract. The decision to part ways with him saves Pittsburgh $8.75 million in cap space.

The Steelers remain in talks with five-time Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner, per the NFL Network. Turner, who visited the Steelers last week, was released by the Los Angeles Chargers in March to clear more than $11 million in cap space.

DeCastro, 31, was a two-time First Team All-Pro during his tenure with the Steelers, which dates back to 2012 when the team selected him in the first round of the draft (24th overall) out of Stanford.

“David was without a doubt one of the premier offensive linemen during his time with us,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. “He helped us win a lot of football games, but it was David’s consistency, reliability and professionalism that stood out more than anything else. We wish him the best moving forward in his career.”

DeCastro has started 124 of 125 games in which he has played during his NFL career. He was a First Team All-Pro in 2015 and 2017 and voted to six straight Pro Bowls from 2015-20.

Turner, 28, started nine games at right guard in his only season with the Chargers in 2020. He missed one game with a knee injury and six with a groin injury.

Drafted in the third round by Carolina in 2014 out of LSU, Turner started 80 of his 84 games with the Panthers from 2014-19. He made the Pro Bowl in each of his last five seasons with the team.

–Field Level Media