The Steelers have announced that the team has released Zoltan Mesko.
Mesko was added before the start of the season after he was released from the New England Patriots. He ranked 31st in the NFL with a 36.7 yard average net per punt.
In his place, the Steelers have signed Mat McBriar, per Steelers.com:
The team added punter Mat McBriar, a 10-year veteran who played eight seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. McBriar was born in Melbourne, Australia, and began as an Australian rules football player. He played at the University of Hawaii and signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2003. He was traded to the Seattle Seahawks in the 2003 preseason for a conditional draft pick, but Seattle waived him prior to the start of the season.
The Cowboys signed McBriar to their practice squad late in 2003 and signed him to the active roster in 2004. McBriar was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006 and 2010 and named second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. He has a career average of 45.4 yards on 549 punts with a 38.0 net average.
Mesko's inconsistency ultimately put him in danger as Coach Tomlin put it after Mesko's last game as a Steeler, which was against the Raiders:
“The punting has been very similar to how it’s been the previous weeks and really how I kind of characterize it, he’s had his moments, positively and negatively,” said Tomlin. “He’s been inconsistent and that’s not good enough. He needs to perform better."
Hopefully, McBriar can bring the consistency that Tomlin wants.