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: October 12, 2012, 05:01:47 PM

http://pittsburgh.sbnation.com/2012/10/12/3494988/weslye-saunders-steelers-released

In a strange move, the Steelers have released tight end Weslye Saunders. Saunders had just finished serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's drug policy (it was for using adderall, he said), and he was on a roster exemption. The Steelers needed to clear space for him on the roster, and it was widely expected that they would cut fellow tight end Leonard Pope, who is older than Saunders and who has played very little recently. Saunders' release comes out of nowhere, as Chris Adamski indicates:

    Weslye Saunders was asked Mon if he might be the 1 who'd get cut-He & everyone else laughed.The very idea was a joke to him & us 3 reporters

This might not be a season-altering move, but it's a very strange one. Saunders was signed as an undrafted free agent last year, but he appeared to have upside. He would seem to be a much better use of a roster spot than Pope. Saunders has a history of off-field issues -- in addition to the drug violation, he was kicked off the University of South Carolina football team for violating team rules. There may be something going on here that we're not yet aware of.

The Steelers can't place Saunders on the practice squad.

This move would appear to be good news for 2012 seventh-round pick and former Oregon tight end David Paulson, who the Steelers might prefer to Saunders.








I'm not sure what the deal is, but we have been looking high and low for a big TE that can help in the running game....he's got to be worth a look right? Dude is 6'5" 270lbss. He's huge and he is also a surprisingly good receiver for his size.








....and look at this catch at the 1:00 minute mark.









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#1 : October 12, 2012, 05:08:27 PM

As the article says, there might be something more going on.....like more off the field trouble/suspension, but if not....


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#2 : October 13, 2012, 01:04:55 PM

id switch him out for noble in a heartbeat...but like you said, im sure there is something off the field.

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#3 : October 13, 2012, 01:26:51 PM

Sort of reminds me of Alge Crumpler.


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#4 : October 13, 2012, 01:39:41 PM

Boom or bust coming out of college, has yet to boom, but still early. Worth a gamble seeing it wInt cost us anything....


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#5 : October 13, 2012, 02:01:03 PM

Not Schianos type. Bucaneer men are special. This is a prestigious institution and if your rap sheet is longer than Schianos gap then you aren't good enough sorry.
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