Steelers Release RB Chad Spann & CB Antonio Smith

I had a feeling that a few corresponding roster moves might be on the way soon as the Pittsburgh Steelers roster was over 90 players after the undrafted free agents had been identified. That indeed was the case on Wednesday as Mark Kaboly reports via Twitter that running back Chad Spann and cornerback Antonio Smith have now been released.

Spann was signed to the Steelers practice squad in mid December of last season and was promoted to the active roster for the AFC Wild Card game against the Denver Broncos after Rashard Mendenhall was lost for the season in the season finale against the Cleveland Browns.

Smith had been signed to a futures contract after the Steelers season had ended and his stay on the roster was a short one. He was originally signed by the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and also had been a member of the Detroit Lions, San Diego Chargers and Cincinnati Bengals in addition.

  • Intropy

    My broken brain just saw “Steelers … Release … Antonio.”

  • SteelersDepot

    Ha, that would be UNREAL, for sure.

  • Dave

    Here’s another unusual thing I noticed on the roster. Yesterday, Alex Tanney QB – #9 was on the roster. Today, he is gone, no mention of him being cut. I guess he never officially signed a contact.

  • Tennbob

    Tanney was needed for a QB for this weekends rookie seminar. Ed Bouchette posted a story about it on Monday: The NFL has stupid rules, as many of you know, but none dumber than the two we’ll address here, backward in order of the negative affect on their member teams.
    The first is the rookie orientation each team is permitted to have. The Steelers will have one this weekend. They are allowed to bring in all of their rookies, plus any players who have not been on a team’s roster.
    That’s fine, except the Steelers don’t have a quarterback who has never been on a team’s roster. They do have Jerrod Johnson, who has never been an active player for an NFL team, although he was in camp with the Eagles and played Arena football, so he probably is eligible for this camp.
    However, their other four quarterbacks are not, including Troy Smith.
    Since the Steelers did not draft a quarterback, nor sign one after the draft, what do they do?
    They went out and offered a tryout to Monmouth College QB Alex Tanney, which is permitted. Tanney then will be at their rookie minicamp this weekend. He’s a rookie, but he’s not a Steeler. THAT, the NFL permits. Crazy.

  • Jprankster2005

    I can not believe they haven’t released Scott yet….. I would be shocked if he made the team and they could have an instant savings of 2.2 million….. And also give him a better chance to find another job……. But these 2 had no shot of making the team so no harm…..