The Pittsburgh Steelers have released veteran tight end Matt Spaeth due to a failed physical examination.
We have released TE Matt Spaeth, and signed rookie free agent TE Mandel Dixon.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) July 21, 2016
Spaeth dealt with knee issues in 2015, and those issues continued into the 2016 offseason. To fill his spot on the team's 90-man offseason roster the team signed free agent tight end Mandel Dixon.
Spaeth has never been known for his pass catching skills, but more for his blocking ability. He and Heath Miller both formed a formidable one-two tight end set for many years in the black and gold, and the tight end depth chart will certainly look strange this season without either name on the list.
The veteran tight end was set to make just over $1 million dollars in 2016, which the team will be able to recoup some of that money in the 2016 salary cap numbers.
The team's depth chart will now be Ladarius Green, Jesse James, David Johnson, Xavier Grimble and Mandel Dixon.
The Steelers report to St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA in one week (July 28th) for their 51st training camp at the college.