Steelers Release LB Larry Foote, T Levi Brown And CB Curtis Brown

The Pittsburgh Steelers made more news on Wednesday as it is now being reported that linebacker Larry Foote, tackle Levi Brown and cornerback Curtis Brown have all been released.

Foote only played in the season opener last season as a torn biceps suffered against the Tennessee Titans sidelined him for the rest of the season. Foote, who signed a three-year contract just last offseason, was scheduled to count $1,833,333 against the salary cap in 2014 and his release now clears $1.5 million in cap space.

The release of Levi Brown was very much expected. The Steelers traded for the tackle in the middle of last season but he was lost for the year with a triceps injury suffered in warm-ups prior to the game against the New York Jets. His release will clear $6.25 million in much needed cap space.

The release of Curtis Brown, the Steelers third-round draft pick in 2011 NFL Draft, will likely clear another $645,000 in cap space unless there was some sort of injury settlement included. Brown tore his left ACL last season in the first meeting against the Cleveland Browns and didn’t have surgery until after the season ended.

The result of all of these terminations likely cleared around $8.25 million cap space and should put the Steelers under the $133 million based on everything that has happened this week.

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  • Tom Jackson

    Sad to hear about Foote it’s the right move but hopefully he will retire and not go to another team

  • Tullydew

    Omar Khan doing good work as usual

  • Tom Jackson

    It’s about time with Levi Brown i would of done this the day after the season

  • Madi

    They could probably get Foote back later if they want. They overpaid him in the first place. I’d still like to see Curtis compete for a roster spot. I like him, even if he is a bust at CB.

  • James Kling

    Mildly surprised about Foote, since we have numbers but lack quality at ILB (Timmons excepted). But then again, what other team is waiting to sign him? We can probably re-sign him later, cheaper, if needed.

    Levi, we hardly knew ye.
    Curtis, the writing was on the wall. Quite disappointed that he never developed as a true corner. Physical skills were there.

  • PA2AK

    yup…every one of these guys could potential come back and compete for a spot later on for a much much cheaper rate

  • James Kling

    Levi = worthless, IMO.

    Curtis = done.
    Foote = maybe.

  • Iron Cadet

    I didn’t see the Curtis brown move coming but with his decline in play as a gunner and lack of development as a db I don’t think we lost much. Definitely double dipping at dbs this draft

  • Douglas Andrews

    What does releasing L Foote say about S Spence’s health Dave?

  • PA2AK

    all for depth…I tend to agree with you but they could kick tires for cheap

  • aaron walter

    Mike Adams should be next. Would the O line be any worse without him? Cut him and sign a scarecrow to replace him. I bet a scarecrow would move and block better.

  • SumnerYoung

    I’d like to think this means the Steelers have seen strong improvement from Spence and expect him to make the 53 man roster as an ILB. I also think Foote’s release is proof that they have faith in Vince Williams, who gained a lot of experience in his rookie year and became a good player by season’s end. They’ve got T. Garvin in the pipeline too and I think they like his game, and I do too, especially after he demolished the Bungals punter. I’m not sure yet if I expect them to draft an ILB as well, but if they did, Spence, Williams, Garvin and the draftee would compete for the ILB position next to Timmons. May the best player win.

  • Ken

    Not that matters for the Steelers, but why did Curtis Brown wait so long to have surgery??? Isn’t the idea to get back as soon as possible.

  • Lucus Rodriguez

    Release a 2nd round pick that has shown some promise before his 3rd year even starts. smart move. not

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed I’m guessing until I hear further that this must mean Spence is deemed healthy and ready for the season. Also see us drafting an ILB early. I really like CJ Mosley but I’m also a V Williams fan and I expect him to improve by leaps and bounds. So I think whomever they draft at ILB will be for depth purposes only. T Garvin made some nice plays last year showing he could be a solid player as well. Overall I think our ILB and OLB positions are a little thin but with a few draft picks n maybe a FA pickup we should be fine.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    First thought was the release of Foote means we feel pretty good at our ILB’s. Colbert mentioned he liked how well Vince played last year. One thing i have learned is if Colbert says something it is normally solid.

  • WIINGY

    Should of cut Ike too. I guess it pays to be best buds with Rooney.

  • dgh57

    Whimper needs to go before Adams!

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Foots wasnt making 2M a year. Not sure that is over paying. Foote was at the end last year before the injury so it just made sense to let him go.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Ike needs to take a pay cut.

  • Madi

    Curtis is still a great Special Teamer. That doesn’t sound sexy, but we ALWAYS use a spot or two on pure ST guys. Provided his knee is okay, there’s a good chance he’d earn a hat. A good enough chance that he should get to compete.

  • srdan

    I think he will be in camp.

  • srdan

    Depth and leadership in Footes case.

  • srdan

    I get peoples anger at Ike for last season, but he is not someone you get rid of just like that. I don’t care about the buddy buddy stuff, he is still a good #3 corner. Maybe even a decent #2. You don’t just get rid of players like that if a team is already on teh brink of not having corners.

  • Rob

    So how much cap space do we actually have now? How much can we potentially get with cutting Ike’s salary and restructuring brown and Timmons? And most importantly, will we actually do anything with the money to improve this team other than signing scrubs and refuse?

  • aaron walter

    I respect your opinion but I expected more from Adams. I truly hope I’m wrong about him and he develops into a beast but I’m just not seeing it. With that being said I wasn’t impressed by heyward until this last season and now I see a bright future for him. I understand its a transition but high picks are high picks for a reason. Two plus year development is expected from later picks. Hopefully Adams steps up and proves me wrong the way heyward did.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Even though it seemed very obvious I would rather we wait and cross all our “T” and dot all of our “I” then let someone go and we regret it.

  • Paddy

    Well he did have a terrible line coach

  • Paddy

    Guess that means that Ike will be back

  • SumnerYoung

    Unfortunately, our entire defense is a little thin. Strangely enough, I think ILB might be our deepest position currently on defense. That’s assuming Spence is ready to rock. I’m more in the boat of drafting a CB, FS, and OLB early. But we’ll have to see if we nab any quality players in free agency at those positions. I also think, like a lot of CJ Mosely supporters, that he can be a very good, even great, ILB in the NFL. That might be too much to pass up on, especially if Justin Gilbert and Mike Evans are off the board by pick 1.15, which I think they both will be.

  • CW

    Sad about Foote.

    Isn’t Curtis Brown coming off multiple knee ligament tears from a mid to late season injury? If he is then there is a serious chance he might not be capable of playing next year until the midpoint.

  • cp72

    Rob…this isn’t exact but that puts us around 1.5 million under. 94 and 84 restructure is another 8. Ike cut in half is 3.5 more. If we can get Worilds first year cap hit to 4 million that adds roughly another 5. Grand total is 19 under with all of that.

    The one move that makes me nervous is Timmons. We’re going to have to pay the piper on him eventually.

  • joed32

    Give the guy a year with Munchak, he’s still on a cheap rookie contract.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    I understand your point but you cant pay him like a #1 if hes playing like a #3

  • SumnerYoung

    There’s probably going to be six or seven defensive draft picks this year, mostly all of them looking to crack on some special teams as well. Like James Kling, I think the Curtis Brown experiment is over.

  • WIINGY

    Well we will find out soon if Foote gets a job on another NFL team for 2 million

  • Dennis Nevinsky

    Give Adams a break. He was stabbed pretty severely, last summer. Besides not being able to practice for a long stretch, he probably had some psychological trauma. Lets see what he can do this year.

  • SumnerYoung

    Not to mention Curtis Brown (and Cortez) we’re both drafted by the Steelers ahead of Richard Sherman. No doubt, hind sight is 20/20, but …. whoops!! Most of us still have hope for Cortez, but Sherman is already a freakin’ All-Pro.

  • WIINGY

    He is gone. He’s not under contract.

  • Rob

    That’s more cap space than we’ve had in a LONG time. It would be a shame if we didn’t get at least one or two impact starters in free agency with that money. As for Timmons. I wouldn’t be too concerned with him, not with the predicted cap increase and us resolving woodley’s bloated contract either through release or pay cut.

  • WIINGY

    Ike Taylor is similar to Larry Foote. I doubt he lands a job in Free Agency more than the vet minimum.

  • cp72

    Then be should be paid like a borderline number 2 not a bona fide number 1.

  • cp72

    Yeah would like to see some of the following in black and gold next year.

    Sam Shields
    Linval Joseph
    Vonte Davis
    Dexter McCluster
    Tyson Jackson
    O’Brien Schofield
    Derek Cox

  • Rob

    I’d really like them to sign Jarius Byrd. He’d go a long way toward solving our turnover problem. It’s not like we have a decent free safety on the roster. He would probably save us a draft pick. I wouldn’t mind Tyson Jackson or Adam carriker. We need a decent 5-technique. I can’t decide of b.j. Raji is worth a look

  • 20Stoney

    He also hasn’t had a full preseason. I’m as disappointed with him as anyone, but you can’t release him……yet.

  • dgh57

    Well then todays news is better than I thought!

  • Brandon James

    As much as I am a fan of foote, that release is great news and exactly what I would have done. They see Vince williams as the starter in this defense, and I do too. Think about a rookie who had to call the plays, and he shows all the right instincts, and ability to play the position. His bad plays were him sometimes messing/missing assignments, but that will come so much more easily to a smart player like Vince, who was able to do all this in the stealers defense as a rookie.

  • Brandon James

    Not really, they will be drafting 2 CBs this draft, and if Ike doesn’t take a paycut, they can cut him and use his 7mil to sign a 2nd Tier CB for a year transition.

  • Brandon James

    I think it would be smart to cut woodley Post June-1st, and use his 8mil for this year to Restructure Ben, and make his cap hit a bit higher for this year. I don’t know if that makes sense in terms of what they usually do, but after June 1st we should have all our F/A’s signed, and we can make our cap much much better for the next 2 years.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Byrd would be an excellent pick up but now that troy is expected for 3 more season and thomas having a very high ceiling i don’t see them paying big money for a Safety right now

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    I wouldn’t look to much into that. Foote has be on the decline. Spence is still a mystery as far as health (Has tons of potential) But even if spence isn’t healthy Williams and Bryant made a solid case last season to make the team. i believe Sylvester is also with us although im sure they will draft a LB at some point during the draft. I am more worried about OLB depth right now

  • Steelers12328882

    It’s like Steelers Christmas this week. Love it!

  • srdan

    On that I agree. I would expect 3.5ish per. Solid to cheap for a number two corner, which closely resembles his play on the field.

  • srdan

    I think you’re grossly underestimating him. He is a #3 corner on 90% of teams. A #2 on 40-50% teams including ours.

    Look at #2 salaries. There would be 32 teams in line to sign him at the minimum

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Whimper is still on the team as of now

  • Shannon Stephenson

    No team will pick him up…my point was it wasnt a lot of money…Madi made seem like he was making much more which isnt the case…it was very modest.

  • Jazz

    Why waist a roster spot on a DB that never really showed any potential at all? That’s the main reason that Organization is in the mess they currently are in. Great move releasing Curtis Brown, he never really panned out.

  • JAMESH

    Foote was at the end his last year backing up Farrior.

  • Milliken Steeler

    Im surprised Golden hasn’t made this list. If he survives, he better do something this year.

  • Milliken Steeler

    No way. Gilbert would go in my opinion before Adams. Adams is a better R/T and I think Munchak will eventually come to that conclusion.

    Gilbert needs to learn what being a professional means.

  • SFIC

    Byrd = a whole lot of $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

  • Roberto Vaquero Bazán

    Would the cut of Foote means that Spence is getting back in great form?

  • Douglas Andrews

    Right now we have 3 starting caliber OLB assuming they keep Woodley. Carter while he has done nothing is still there also so if we stand pat with those 4 and draft an OLB we should be good at that position. Foote although not the player he once was has been a good ILB. Not only making all the calls on D but his leadership was missed on the field last year. I’m a little surprised at his release but it’s not shocking because V Williams should turn out to be a pretty solid pro. With only T Garvin as your backup ILB I gotta assume Spence’s health has improved since being put back on IR after the one practice from last year but I’m sure Dave will clear it up.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Keeping fingers crossed that Gilbert is there and Evans is long gone.

  • http://www.thesportsbonanza.com/ TheSportsBonanza

    Yeah OLB always seems ok but with Woodley and Worilds with history of injury it scares me. Woodley is good when he’s healthy but between the knees and hamstrings you never know how many snaps he’s going to play before he’s re-injuried

  • Alan Felicia

    Well if Pittsburgh don’t want Foote, I can see Tennesse being interested since Ray Horton and LB coach Lou Spanos are familiar with his work. Or maybe Arizona. Anyway, good luck to Foote.

  • Alan Felicia

    Not really, depth chart list Vince Williams, Terrence Garvin, and Kion Wilson. Plus, its still possible for Pittsburgh to draft a MLB in May.

  • sean mcmartin

    So many good moves these last couple of days. Starting to feel good about their capabilities to retool the defense. Ike is next..just going to savor the moves and see what they do next…Here we go Steelers!!!

  • steelster

    nice job fo

  • Virdin Barzey

    I’m assuming that the release of Foote is a sign that they feel that Spence is healthy enough to play and play well. If that’s the case, I fine with the move. Hate to see Larry go, hope they keep him around some how. Great Steeler.

  • steeltown

    Wow… ok, I could sort of see these coming.. the Foote release was up in the air for me because Williams will only be in his 2nd yr, but I think this shows how much confidence they have in Vince after his rookie campaign

  • steeltown

    Yea they have Thomas and Blake as gunners on special teams now, his stock is basically nil

  • Madi

    Every year roster spots are “wasted” on guys that only play special teams, even if they have no real potential at another position. Including our Super Bowl years and other successful seasons. That has nothing to do with our 8-8 record, or whatever mess you’re referring to. At least Brown was one of the better ST-only players.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    You are probably right on that…he wasnt great in 2012.