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Steelers To Release Chris Kemoeatu


The releases keep coming and none of them are a surprise as a few the Pittsburgh Steelers offensive linemen are reporting that guard Chris Kemoeatu has been informed of his release. Kemoeatu has played 7 seasons with the Steelers since being drafted in the 6th round of the 2005 NFL draft. He was scheduled to count $5,261,666.00 million against the 2012 salary cap and was under contract through the 2013 season. His release will save $2,392,332 million against the 2012 cap.

Kemoeatu played in just 13 regular season games last year for the Steelers and was bothered by a bad knee. Poor play ultimately led to the Steelers benching him. He started just 8 regular season games last year. Veterans Hines Ward and Aaron Smith have already been informed of their forthcoming releases and James Farrior could be the next to have his contract terminated.

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  • Joe D

    Keep em coming…
    Ward, Smith, Kemo… next up… Farrior…

    I still say Hampton… but he had a season ending injury and don’t know how that works… that may be why Steelers are “stuck” with Hampton as cutting him won’t do anything to help toward CAP.

  • Eric87

    Too many personal fouls that killed drives, this one is a good decision. Was a decent pulling guard though.

  • Wdmason

    Does that mean we have to pay almost 3 million in dead money because of past restructuring? We still have to sign another player to replace him so in the end it seems we are not saving much unless his replacement is at league minimum.

  • Woodleykills

    Good. Over priced bum. If he blocked as well as he committed personal fouls, he’d be an all pro.

  • Joe D

    Dave,
    After you update the 2012 CAP page with these most recent announcements…
    I’m curious as to what the average age for Top 51 is now…. versus what it was before the 1st cut!!! include the predicted rfa’s…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ESU2VFZHEUTQEPJ7AWSN7ODBPQ Emac2

    It saves money on next years cap too.

  • JerryCola

    I sure hope the Steelers draft a LG within the first 4 rounds and don’t think Legursky is the answer.

  • Daddeeekip

    Cutting Hampton saves 5+ mil and Mendenhall you save 9.3 mil

  • Wdmason

    I dont think you understand my point Emac2. It is costing the Steelers almost 3 million in dead money that we have to pay Kemo and we have to pay his replacement. Are you saying that his contract extends next year? Thats more dead money to be paid.

    All this restructuring is coming back to bite us.

  • kevin

    Cutting mendenhall does not save 9.3 million. You are way off there. It is less than a million, I believe.

  • Wdmason

    We still have to pay these players in dead money after they are gone because of all the restructuring.

  • kevin

    He is a back up guard who is below average. We can find a guy to take his spot for 1/2 million.

  • Lou

    No. He’s signed through next year, but the salary he would have received next year won’t count against them then. …I think.

    “His release will save [$2.4] million against the 2012 cap.” If it’s just simple subtraction (and my math is right, which is always questionable), he’ll account for $2.9 million in dead money this year. We pay someone else with the $2.4 million and we don’t have most of his salary burden next year. I don’t have the numbers, but Dave may know whether we’ll have to pay him something next year.

  • Wdmason

    We are saying the same. I said almost 3 million dead money and you said 2.9 million lol. There may be dead money next year too.

  • SteelersDepot

    No dead money in 2013 on Kemo.

  • PoKey21

    Farrior needs released. Hamptons got to go. Is Will Allen still around, if so he has to go too. The only other remaining poor soul that I can think of is Mendenhall. He is a free agent next year, and looks like he will be gone most of this year. Maybe he can be used as a trade chip in the draft?. I dont know if its a good idea or not really. Need an article about it. But I think the Steelers are down to 2 or 3 more cuts. They have done a FANTASTIC job the last few days.

  • Scatter77

    Buh Bye now.

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