By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Pittsburgh Steelers have released wide receiver Donte Moncrief on Saturday. He signed with the team in the off-season.
The thought when the Steelers signed Moncrief as a free agent was that he could potentially lessen the blow by Antonio Brown’s departure. In the off-season, Brown was traded to the Oakland Raiders for two draft picks.
Moncrief signed a two-year, $9 million deal with the franchise in March. He had a $1.5 million base salary for the 2019 season.
According to Spotrac, the Steelers are now facing a $3.5 million dead cap hit by making this move during the 2019 season. They could have released him after the season and only been responsible for a $1.75 million dead cap hit for the 2020 season.
Now, the Steelers — who are struggling this season without their ‘Killer B’s’ as Ben Roethlisberger is sidelined for the season with an injury, while Brown is unemployed and Le’Veon Bell is on the New York Jets — are 3-4 this season. The team struggled in the first five games with a 1-4 record.
However, in the past two games, Pittsburgh has won their last two games. Moncrief will not join his teammates after this release on Sunday in their home contest against the Indianapolis Colts.
The 26-year-old Raleigh, Mississippi native was a third-round draft pick by the Colts in the 2014 NFL Draft. He will be looking for his third team since the 2018 NFL Season.
He spent the 2018 season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. Moncrief played four seasons with the Colts before joining the Jaguars.
This season, he appeared in five games, including two starts with the Steelers. He had four receptions for 18 yards.
In his last game with the Steelers, he was targeted twice against the Miami Dolphins. However, he did not make a catch.
He had a reception for 11 yards in the Steelers 24-17 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. He had three receptions for seven yards in the season-opener against the New England Patriots.