The Pittsburgh Steelers have now trimmed their offseason roster down to 90 players with the release of three on Thursday and that short list includes former second round draft pick Mike Adams.
Also released Thursday were kicker Ty Long and running back Abou Toure.
Adams, who was released with the failed physical designation, missed all of the 2015 season due to a back injury. The former Ohio State product started 20 games at tackle during his first three seasons in Pittsburgh. Because he had spent the entire season on the team’s PUP list, Adams’ final year of his contract tolled. The Steelers will clear roughly $348,225 in salary cap space by releasing Adams.
The Steelers drafted former LSU tackle Jerald Hawkins in the fourth round of last weekend’s draft and that made the future release of the unhealthy Adams a distinct possibility. Adams’ career in Pittsburgh included him being stabbed in the stomach during an apparent robbery attempt early one Saturday morning in Pittsburgh. Adams’ original arrival in Pittsburgh via the draft was also questioned by many due to him testing positive for marijuana at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine.
The release of Long probably signals that veteran kicker Shaun Suisham is close to being fully healthy after tearing up his knee last year during the team’s first preseason game. Suisham will battle Chris Boswell during training camp this year for the right to be the team’s kicker.