Veteran cornerback William Gay released by Steelers
If William Gay is going to continue his streak of 176 consecutive regular-season games played, the most among active defensive players, he'll do it for a team other than the Steelers.
Gay, the 33-year-old cornerback who has spent 10 of his 11 NFL seasons with the Steelers, announced on his Instagram account Monday that he has been released.
Gay wrote, in part, "One hell of a ride in the City of Champions. … Want a chance to hoist the trophy one more time. … Looking forward to being on a new team."
One hell of a ride in the City of Champions..... loved every moment next chapter... will be ready for 2018 season!!! Want a chance to hoist the trophy one more time.... I played all positions and football IQ, leadership, and teammate skills are Great ... looking forward to being on a new team #bigplaywillgay #williamclowninwednesday #pick6 #ironman #nevermissAgame
Gay had one year left on his contract at a $1.75 million base salary. He was scheduled to count $2.83 million against the salary cap. Instead, he will account for $633,334 in dead money against the cap.
Gay was the last defensive holdover from the Steelers team that won Super Bowl XLIII after the 2008 season.
In 2017, Gay lost his slot cornerback job to undrafted free agent Mike Hilton. Gay was relegated to the nickel cornerback role. He finished with 17 tackles, one interception, three passes defensed and two forced fumbles.
Joe Rutter is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at email@example.com or via Twitter @tribjoerutter.