PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers release inside linebacker Vince Williams. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler was the first to cover the news.
Williams, 31, played for the Steelers for eight years after entering the league as the sixth election in 2013. The veteran had a total of 479 tackles and 20.5 sacks during his time in Pittsburgh and started 69 of his 121 games.
Williams tweeted a cryptic message late Monday night indicating the possibility of his release.
The Steelers will save around $ 4 million by releasing Williams. Her inner linebacker room now consists of Robert Spillane, Marcus Allen, and Devin Bush. Bush returns after suffering a ripped ACL in 2020.
Williams is the fourth defensive player to leave the Steelers since the NFL entered the legal manipulation phase. He is also the fourth starter.
The Steelers will now begin their search for depth in the inside linebacker. Spillane is likely set to replace Williams as a starter after starting seven games and completing 45 tackles in 2020.
Noah Strackbein is a publisher at AllSteelers. Follow Noah on Twitter @NoahStrack and AllSteelers @si_steelers.