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Steelers Release TE Matt Spaeth

Matt Spaeth

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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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. DrGeorge

    July 21, 2016 at 5:07 pm

    Sad to see Spaeth go. Many fans failed to understand his value to the team. No, he wasn’t another Heath Miller, but few players are. But he was the #1 tight end in his draft class, and he has been a reliable, team-oriented player for nine seasons, all but one with the Steelers. He will be missed.

  2. Bobby

    July 21, 2016 at 9:04 pm

    At least it’s a story about the Pittsburgh Steelers

  3. DaveB.

    July 22, 2016 at 4:57 am

    A decent player that could never seem to stay healthy .I really believe that Jessie James is a player to keep an eye on for the Steelers . He looked good last year in limited opportunities and with a year under his belt , who knows ?

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