David DeCastro
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Pro-Bowl Guard David DeCastro Cut By Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers have released Pro-Bowl Guard David DeCastro on Thursday, per Ian Rapoport. The offensive line is receiving a major overhaul in Pittsburgh.

This move saves the Steelers some cap space for 2021, although some may call the move questionable. It appears that DeCastro is considering retirement due to a nagging ankle injury. That provides some clarity on this seemingly out-of-the-blue roster move.

David DeCastro has been a Steeler for his entire career since being drafted by them in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Since joining the black and gold, DeCastro has been named First-Team All-Pro in 2015 and 2017, he was also a Second-Team All-Pro in 2016. He has also made six Pro-Bowls during his career, making them in 2015-2020. During his college career at Stanford, DeCastro was named First-Team All-Pac-12 in 2010 and 2011, as well as being a Unanimous All-American in 2011.

The Pittsburgh Steelers struggled with the running game in 2020. They then ignored the offensive line in the first two rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft by taking Najee Harris in the first round and Pat Freiermuth in the second round. They then took Kendrick Green in the third round of the draft, but now have another hole to attempt to fill. It will be interesting to see how this offensive line plays in 2021 following all of these changes.

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