The Steelers today released longtime blocking tight end Matt Spaeth, as the team stated he never was able to recover from a January knee scope.
The official release is a ‘designation of failed physical.’
“Matt never fully recovered from knee surgery that occurred this past offseason, and he will not be ready to return to football activities at this time,” general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement released by the team. “Matt played an integral role in our Super Bowl XLIII Championship run, and we wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
The Steelers took Spaeth in the 3rd round in 2007, and over nine seasons with the black and gold and the Chicago Bears, he had 55 catches for 420 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He’s the second veteran tight end to be gone from the team this offseason, as long time TE Heath Miller retired from the team in a surprise move back in December.
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