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Steelers Waive LB Jason Fanaika (Update)

The Pittsburgh Steelers made one minor transaction on Wednesday and it included linebacker Jason Fanaika being waived, according to the league’s daily report.

Fanaika, who originally signed with the Steelers this past February, entered the league with the San Francisco 49ers as an undrafted free agent out of Utah last year. At Utah, Fanaika recorded 20 tackles for loss and nine sacks in two seasons.

After being waived by the 49ers last August, Fanaika ultimately spent some time on the practice squads of the Washington Redskins and the Oakland Raiders.

The Steelers will likely be waiving a few more players in the near future to make room for a few undrafted free agents.

UPDATE: Reader Carlos passes along an important note. Fanaika took to Instagram to announce his retirement from the NFL.

From his caption.

“its time for me to move on from playing but I am excited for this next chapter in my life, I’ll be at The University of Utah this fall getting my Grad Degree and also diving into the Coaching ranks. Much Love to you all!”

You can presume the Fanaika told the Steelers he was going to retire, leading to his release, though that is not objectively clear.


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