The Pittsburgh Steelers have released tackle Jonathan Scott today in a move that has long been anticipated. Scott spent the past two seasons with the Steelers and started 14 of 28 regular-season games and three of four postseason contests.
The Steelers will save $2.2 million in salary cap space by releasing Scott and that money will most definitely be needed if the Steelers are to work out a long-term deal with restricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace.
Scott became expendable when the Steelers signed veteran Max Starks back to the roster on Tuesday. Starks had been recovering from a torn ACL suffered last January in the AFC Wild Card game, but received good word from the team doctors this week.
Scott opened the 2011 season for the Steelers at left tackle, but did not play well. The Steelers were forced to bring back Starks, who they had released prior to the start of training camp last year, for the week 5 game against the Tennessee Titans to help stabilize the left tackle spot. Scott at that point was relegated to the bench as a swing tackle.
The release of Scott now means the Steelers roster stands at 89 players.