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Pittsburgh Steelers Release Chris Kemoeatu

The Pittsburgh Steelers are, like many teams, going to work on their roster heading into the weekend, figuring out their financial priorities before the franchise tag period is over and before free agency begins. To that end, the team has already cut Hines Ward, their famed wideout, and now they might do the same to longtime guard Chris Kemoeatu.

Gregg Rosenthal writes, “Kemoeatu used to be a mauler in the run game, but he’s struggled with injuries and played at a declining level over the last few years. Pittsburgh has shed a lot of salary cap room over the last few weeks, but it won’t be enough to use the franchise tag on Mike Wallace.”

Any veteran offensive lineman is worth discussing for the sake of the Kansas City Chiefs, since they lack any depth already without even beginning to address the potential retirement of Casey Wiegmann and the possible need to upgrade for Ryan Lilja and Barry Richardson. Kemoeatu wouldn’t make sense as a new starter, but if the team wanted some veteran depth, he would make sense for his championship experience and ability in the running game to create room for Jamaal Charles and company.

If anything, another Steelers lineman like Max Starks might make more sense at tackle.