The Pittsburgh Steelers announced the release of RB LeGarrette Blount on Tuesday.
We have released running back LeGarrette Blount.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) November 18, 2014
Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported earlier in the day that Blount has been an “internal problem” for the Steelers for the last month or so.
- Sources tell Bouchette that Blount has been dragging down breakout RB Le’Veon Bell during this time.
- Albert Breer reports that a Steelers source mentioned that Blount’s release is due to “selfish behavior.“
Blount reportedly left the field and headed to the locker room before Monday night’s game had concluded after he didn’t receive a single carry against the Titans. One Steelers’ player said that they should have left Blount in Tennessee last night.
Blount, 27, signed a two-year, $3.85 million contract with the Steelers back in March. Releasing him will free up $2 million, according to OverTheCap.com’s calculator.
Breer mentions that any team claiming Blount would have to pay him a $317,647 for the remainder of the season.
This season, Blount has ran for 266 yards on 65 carries (4.1 YPC) and caught six passes for 36 yards receiving to go along with two total touchdowns.