It was one heck of a run in Pittsburgh. But William Gay’s time in the Steel City is over. About 25 minutes ago, Gay announced on his Instagram page the Steelers will release him.
— Alex Kozora (@Alex_Kozora) March 12, 2018
Gay made 87 career starts as a Steeler. Drafted in 2007, the last of Mike Tomlin’s original draft picks, he picked off 11 passes in Pittsburgh, returning a whopping five of them for touchdowns. But with the team adding more depth at corner and Gay’s increasing age/decreasing play, he is one of the veterans Kevin Colbert hinted at as not returning.
He never missed a game in his career, playing in 176 straight, a remarkable feat in today’s NFL. He was also well-known for his community work and activism, a strong supporter to end domestic violence. He was awarded the team’s Ed Block Courage Award in 2015.
Releasing Gay will save the team $1.75 million in salary cap space before roster displacement.
We’ll update this story throughout the afternoon.