Steelers Officially Waive RB Chris Rainey On Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers officially severed ties on Monday with one of their 2012 draft picks as running back Chris Rainey was officially waived, according to Bob Labriola on Twitter.

The Steelers announced back on January 10 that the Florida product would be waived following his simple battery arrest earlier that day down in Gainesville, Florida. NFL rules, however, prevented the Steelers from officially waiving him until after the Super Bowl.

“Chris Rainey\’s actions this morning were extremely disappointing,” Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team following the arrest. “Under the circumstances and due to this conduct, Chris will no longer be a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers.”

Rainey has since had his day in court as he was able to make a plea deal last Thursday which resulted in his battery charge being reduced to disorderly conduct because the alleged victim denied being battered, and witnesses had contradictory statements. Rainey was, however, fined $200 and forced to pay court costs of approximately $300 in conjunction with his plea.

Rainey, who ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns, caught 14 passes for 60 yards and averaged 26.5 yards on 39 kickoff returns in his first season with the Steelers, most likely will find a new team very quickly as one will most likely pluck him off waivers in the next 24 hours.

  • John Mazza

    if he is claimed off waivers does that mean we can get an extra pick for losing him?

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  • T R

    why we just waive away such a high pick. You should kep his butt and make he make it up and hopefully make him worth something.. we just gave a way a high pick to someone.. how does that benefit pittsburgh @SteelersDepot:disqus

  • Mikey Hoje

    read betwwwwen the lines, gentlemen: BAD DRAFTS CONTINUE.

  • SteelerFanInMD

    Trading up to get Ta’amu doesn’t seem like it was such a good move now.

  • Jason

    I think he was a 5th or 6th rd pick. Hardly a high pick

  • walter mason

    The draft is still not a bust but Rainey was.

  • read between the lines … or Mikey is a drama queen…

    I read nothing in this article that even mentions the draft

  • Garrett Hunt

    I still love the move of releasing him. Bigger than just dealing with Rainy, it sent a message to the whole team that things are not just peachy after a 500 season. I loved the pick last year, but a player cannot be kept because of potential. At the end of the day, a subpar player (for the 2012 season) was cut because of a run in with the law. No problem there.

  • Fu-Schnickens

    Well, he wasn’t found guilty of a felony so that prevents him from becoming a Raider, but it would easily qualify him for candidacy as a Cowboy.

  • walter mason

    its mentioned in the first line.

  • SteelSpine

    LOL. Since Cowboys have a young good KR though, Bengals will race to sign him.

  • SteelSpine

    Ouch, I didn’t know we traded up for that.

  • SteelSpine

    Well that’s one message, but keeping Ta’amu sent the opposite message, so it’s too mixed messages. I’m not defending Rainey but Rainey’s charge was dropped by the witness, vs doubt all the witnesses would recant what they saw Ta’amu do.

  • zyzak

    Steelers have a way of cuting off their nose to spite their face. They could have traded Rainey for a 7th rd pick. Stupid.

  • steeltown

    That remains to be seen.. According to his attorney and channel 11 a plea deal is being worked out with the district attorney’s office.. so things may be getting resolved. Its to early to tell…. BUT what if he turns into a solid 3-4 NT for us? Who knows, he hasnt played a single snap in the regular season.

  • Mark Zeigler

    Not sure how this is such a bad draft? DeCastro and Adams will both be starters on the line, Spence should be starting LB, Ta’amu, if not in jail should continue to progress. Beachum and Paulson will both contribute. I still like this draft a lot.

  • Agree with Mark…and Colbert can’t control injuries to top 3 picks (DD,Adams and Spence). Paulson and Beachum performed very well considering where they were picked and it takes a couple seasons to determine if the draft class was a bust or not. Rainey is going to get himself killed in this league because he just is not durable enough to absorb the beatings. He is basically only a KR/PR and can be easily replaced.

  • steeltown

    Agreed. Everyone jumps to conclusions so quickly. DeCastro was rehabbing all season long, then he returns to action and his play was mediocre, but im sorry that was to be expected, he didnt even practice till late November. Adams impressed, Beachum impressed, Paulson impressed considering he was a late Rd pick and Ta’amu and Spence havent even seen the field in the regular season… how can we judge their ability?

  • steeltown

    We have D.Gilreath back on roster.. he’s a poor mans Rainey

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    I still think that Rainey had some sort of stipulation in his contract (like Mike Adams) that constituted his release if any run ins with the law occur. Something maybe that us fans were not aware of

  • He is tougher than Rainey too.

  • Garrett Hunt

    True, but the timing of the incidents played a role as well. I also agree with steeltown that it was either in the contracts or well discussed between rainy and ownership.