Not more than a day that the Pittsburgh Steelers announced they were going to release wide receiver Hines Ward, they are also reported to be releasing two more veterans.
According to several media sources, the Steelers are planning on releasing defensive end Aaron Smith and guard Chris Kemoeatu. Both of these players seem to be more cap salary casualties.
Smith was drafted by the Steelers in 1999 in the fourth round and was a big presence at left defensive end until injuries have hampered him for the last three years. He was due $4.5 million this season.
Kemoeatu was drafted by the Steelers in 2005 during the sixth round and was a force on the offensive line for the run game. But like Smith, injuries began to slow him down. He was set to make a little over $5 million this season.
The Steelers are restructuring contracts and releasing players to bulk up their cap space available. There is a rumor circulating that linebacker James Farrior could be released as well to help with the amount.