According to Will DePaoli and ESPN’s Adam Schefter via twitter, the Steelers have informed long time defensive end Aaron Smith that he will be released.
@TIOPS_DePaoli: #Steelers inform long-time defensive end Aaron Smith they are releasing him
This is another one that shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone. His cap hit was scheduled be just under $3 million for 2012 so releasing him will free up even more money for the Steelers who just about a week ago were still about $8 million over the projected $120 million. It’s not even that they had to do this because of financial reasons; if Smith were healthy they could have carried that salary or done a restructure. This move seems to be more of just the fact that Smith just hasn’t been able to stay healthy over the last 3 years and they need more reliable depth at his position.
In his prime, #91 was well regarded as the best 3-4 defensive end in the game, the epitome of how to play the position. The last 3 seasons though he’s been un...