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Pittsburgh Steelers release All-Pro guard David DeCastro

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro, shown Dec. 30, 2018, was the Steelers' first-round pick in the 2012 draft. File Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI
Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro, shown Dec. 30, 2018, was the Steelers' first-round pick in the 2012 draft. File Photo by Archie Carpenter/UPI | License Photo

June 24 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Steelers released six-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman David DeCastro after nine seasons, the team announced Thursday.

DeCastro was released with a non-football injury designation, according to the team. He was entering the final year of his contract, which carried a $14.2 million salary-cap hit in 2021. The Steelers saved $8.75 million in cap space by parting ways with him.

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The 31-year-old DeCastro wasn't a participant in minicamp recently, and the Steelers also visited with Pro Bowl guard Trai Turner last week.

"David was without a doubt one of the premier offensive linemen during his time with us," Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said in a statement. "He helped us win a lot of football games, but it was David's consistency, reliability and professionalism that stood out more than anything else. We wish him the best moving forward in his career."

DeCastro, a three-time All-Pro choice, missed the first two games of last season due to lingering knee problems, but he appeared in 13 of the Steelers' last 14 games.

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He also underwent ankle surgery before last season and has had issues with it for some time. According to NFL Media, retirement is a possibility for the veteran guard.

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Despite the injuries, DeCastro -- the Steelers' first-round pick in the 2012 draft -- was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2020 for the sixth consecutive year, making him one of just six NFL players to be named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past six seasons.

With the departure of DeCastro, the Steelers will return only one starter on the offensive line in Chukwuma Okorafor, who is expected to shift from right tackle to left this season. Kevin Dotson also filled in for DeCastro at times last year, but he is slated to be the team's left guard.

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