Former Steelers WR Limas Sweed Released By Ottawa Redblacks

The career of former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Limas Sweed is over with the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League.

Well, it actually never started, as the former second-round draft pick was released Wednesday by the expansion franchise.

This was Sweed’s second failed attempt at playing north of the border as the Saskatchewan Roughriders placed the Texas product on the team’s suspended list at the start of their training camp last June.

It’s been a tough six years for Sweed, but it looks like he better move on with his life’s work. He will turn 30 this coming December and will be lucky if an Arena League team is willing to give him a tryout at this point.

  • RyanW

    Crazy how at one point he was considered good value as a 2nd rounder and now the dude cant even play in Canada

  • mlc43

    Woohoo! Now we can get that tall wr everyone is yelling for!! He’s familiar with our QB to boot! Woot…tall…that’s all it takes!! The all important height!!

  • steelster

    who ?


    The guy who Ike Taylor taught how to catch a football.

  • JohnB

    He cant seem to…CATCH on anywhere.

  • JohnB

    that was bad. I apologize.

  • DoctorNoah

    I still find his failure as an NFL player sad and astounding. Not unique, I guess. One of the best players in the history of a large and well-respected D1 college, who broke numerous school records, spent 3 years on one of our rivals’ practice squads, third string behind a soon-to-be hall of famer, and never quite made it. He now is a very good surgical equipment rep.

    I wish Sweed the best, but call it a friggin’ day and get a real job. I wish we had that pick back. What I’m also sad about (Doctor No is gettin’ all wistful ‘nat) is the fact that most of the top few rounds of draft picks are juniors who will leave college having neither studied anything useful, nor graduated. NCAA academics is a complete sham. These people, if they’re not among the small portion of draft picks who actually make bank, have gained nothing from college and will struggle when they’re done with their short football careers.

  • Nolrog

    Poor guy, can’t seem to CATCH a break.

  • AzheDraven

    Another player who will be released is Terrelle Pryor. Anyone thinks maybe Pittsburgh will kick his tires?

  • tim

    Makes one want to go back a month when he was trying out for them and people where on here crying about ” how he didn’t get a fair shot” and ” from a small town”….. a city bigger than Pittsburgh. …..sometimes guys JUST dont work out…..some guys are NOT professional athletes and he’s one of them….

  • mlc43

    Ummm…why would they?

  • Lets see, can’t throw, and not happy with being a backup.

  • steeltown

    Damn he’s almost 30yrs already?

  • Really good points.

    Certainly much of the blame here rests with him personally. For whatever reason, he just couldn’t make the leap to the pros, whether in the NFL or up here in Canada. And that after being a pretty impressive college player. But of course he’s also in some way the victim of a system that uses, abuses, and spits out athletes like disposable units of entertainment.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Time for him to find a new line of work. Playing football is not it.

    Still think early on he could have try and make the switch to corner. We’ve seen a few people do it. Yeah, it requires a different set of skills but that can be coached.

    You can’t coach speed which he had. Apparently, you can’t coach hands either, just ask Ike.

  • srdan

    Hopefully his new line of work is not selling glassware.

  • AzheDraven

    Well, I remember Tomlin saying he almost drafted him but he didnt do it because Pryor did not wanted to play at home because it was a distraction because he was just strating.Thats why im linking him to the steelers