Cornerback McFadden, receiver Battle ousted by Steelers
What has been an offseason of change for the Steelers continued Wednesday when they terminated the contracts of veteran cornerback Bryant McFadden and receiver Arnaz Battle.
And it is still early.
McFadden, a starter on the Steelers' past two Super Bowl teams, and Battle each had a year left on their respective contracts. Releasing them saves the Steelers a little more than $3.5 million against the salary cap.
McFadden started the 2011 season-opener, but he missed the next three games with a nagging hamstring injury and lost his job to William Gay. McFadden, who played in three Super Bowls with the Steelers and won a pair of rings, also gave way to rookie cornerbacks Cortez Allen and Curtis Brown as the season progressed.
Battle, who signed with the Steelers as an unrestricted free agent in 2010, served as a special-teams captain the past two seasons. He did not catch a pass while with the Steelers, struggling to get on the field because of the team's depth at receiver.
In a series of moves Wednesday, the Steelers also signed a trio of players to offseason contracts, including cornerback Myron Rolle.
Rolle, a former Florida State standout, spent the 2010 season on the Tennessee Titans' practice squad. The Steelers also signed receiver Juamorris Stewart, who spent part of the 2010 offseason with the Arizona Cardinals, and linebacker Brandon Hicks.
Hicks spent part of training camp last season with the Buffalo Bills.
The Steelers released tight end Miguel Chavis and linebacker Erik Clanton. Each had signed as undrafted free agents in July but got hurt during the preseason.