PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers Monday waived 11 players, including veterans Cornell Gowdy, Preston Gothard and Charles Lockett.
Gowdy started 17 games at strong safety over the past two seasons.
He was originally signed as a replacement player at the start of the 1987 players' strike.
Gothard made the team as a free agent rookie in 1985 and started 15 games at tight end over the last three years. He caught 41 passes for 459 yards and three touchdowns in his four seasons with the Steelers.
Lockett was the Steelers' third-round draft choice in 1987. He played in 27 games, including starting the last five in 1988, and caught 29 passes for 481 yards and two touchdowns in two seasns.
The Steelers also waived eight rookies, including three 1989 draft picks and five free agents. The draft picks are No. 6 wide receiver Mark Stock, No. 8 nose tackle Chris Asbeck and No. 12 nose tackle Carlton Hasselrig.
The free agent rookies waived were wide receiver Eric Wilkerson, linebacker Tracy Simien, defensive end Lester Brinkley and offensive linemen John Stroia and John O'Neill.