DeCastro was largely absent from OTAs and minicamp but this still comes as a big surprise given he was expected to remain a key starter in 2021.
Mike Garafolo adds DeCastro has been dealing with some ankle problems and is evaluating his future.
Pittsburgh recently hosted veteran G Trai Turner for a visit, so it’s possible he could be signed as a replacement.
The team released the following statement after announcing the move:
“David was without a doubt one of the premier offensive linemen during his time with us,” GM Kevin Colbert said. “He helped us win a lot of football games, but it was David’s consistency, reliability and professionalism that stood out more than anything else. We wish him the best moving forward in his career.”
According to Over The Cap, the Steelers freed up $8.75 million by releasing DeCastro.
DeCastro, 31 is a former first-round pick by the Steelers back in 2012. He was entering the final year of a six-year, $58.07 million contract that included a $16 million signing bonus.
DeCastro was set to earn a base salary of $8.75 million in 2021.
In 2020, DeCastro started 13 games for the Steelers and was graded by Pro Football Focus as the No. 28 overall guard out of 80 qualifying players.