Steelers Release QB Troy Smith

Last week I speculated that the Pittsburgh Steelers would likely be releasing one of their five quarterbacks soon and Monday we got word that former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith has been released.

The move now means that the Steelers have decided to take Jerrod Johnson to training camp with them as their fourth quarterback. Carrying five quarterbacks in camp was just not likely as there just aren\’t enough reps to go around. Smith was a longshot at best to beat out Charlie Batch for the number three job, and although Johnson is also a longshot, he has practice squad eligibility should he show enough in the preseason to warrant keeping.

Smith was signed to the Steelers expanded roster back in late January after he spent last season with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. Smith was originally drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the 5th round of the 2007 NFL draft out of Ohio State. Smith started just two games for the Ravens over the course of three seasons and spent the 2010 season with San Francisco 49ers where he started six games.

There is no word yet on a corresponding roster move to fill the open spot on the 90 man roster.

  • Delilah

    Maybe the Steelers bring back Max Starks now with the available roster spot.

  • Gene

    nope that spot is for MW

  • Kevin G

    Tomlin already said that he would be willing to bring back Starks when he is healthy

  • burghball

    T.Smith was not going to make this team anyway – It’s ptetty clear Ben, Lefty, Batch.. unless Jarod Johnson shows them something.. T.Smith real strong arm but word out of OTA’s and mini camp is that he really struggles with accuracy. There is no room for a QB that can’t hit a target.

  • DoctorNoah

    I was rooting for him a little, merely because of how he played the one game with the Ravens against us. I guess that letting him go is sort of a last straw in the NFL for the guy.

  • Jprankster2005

    This was a pretty stupid move…… He is better than Johnson and I think could have made the team over batch…… I’m starting to get tired of Leftwich and Batch every year…… they need to bring in some new blood……. Batch should just retire……

  • SteelersDepot

    Troy Smith was so good that he could not even start for a UFL team last season.

  • dgh57

    I agree! How many QBs in the NFL at Smiths size (6′ 0″ feet) are starting or even backups? Size is what hurt his chances.

    Drew Brees is the rare exception to the size problem!

  • Jprankster2005

    Well this guy Johnson got replaced by Tannehill atleast Smith has started NFL games….. Don’t get me wrong I would of liked to have seen him compete for the 3rd spot……..Johnson has no chance…… I’m glad your happy with Batch and Leftwich every yr. because it’s starting to get old….. Leftwich has made so much money for getting hurt…… And batch has had some decent games….. But when Ben got hurt in that game last yr when he came in he was horrible…… But did ok in the Rams game….. I just think it’s time to get someone else to back up ben…….