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Steelers make William Gay and Mike Mitchell cuts official, but also release Robert Golden

Robert Golden was a surprise cap casualty, adding up the secondary players who are now looking for a home.

NFL: Tennessee Titans at Pittsburgh Steelers Philip G. Pavely-USA TODAY Sports

Well, the Pittsburgh Steelers have officially started cleaning house in their defensive secondary. Wednesday, the start of the new league year, the team announced what was already know — William Gay and Mike Mitchell have been released. What wasn’t known was the impending doom of Robert Golden, who was also released by the team.

The moves create some much need salary cap space, and allows the team to attack free agency with the intent of actually signing a player, or two, and not just worrying about creating salary cap space.

This isn’t to suggest the team isn’t going to be done making moves. The Steelers can still adjust salaries, like giving Ben Roethlisberger a contract extension, to help alleviate their salary cap situation even more.

After the trio of cuts today, it frees up about $7-million in space as the free agency period ‘officially’ begins Wednesday.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes with the start of the new league year.