The 2021 NFL season officially kicks off in less than a month and fans couldn’t be anymore excited for the new campaign.
Unfortunately, that means there are plenty of players currently on rosters around the league that will be out of the job. Earlier this week, NFL teams around the league cut their rosters from 90 to 85.
By the start of the season, rosters will be trimmed down significantly, with hundreds of players out of work. It’s an unfortunate reality around the league – one that five Pittsburgh Steelers players realized.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Steelers announced the team released five players.
“The Steelers reduced their roster to the mandatory 85 players on Tuesday, waiving five players following the conclusion of the team’s practice at Heinz Field,” the team said in a statement. “Those released defensive end Abdullah Anderson, defensive back Stephen Denmark, wide receiver Isaiah McKoy, kicker Sam Sloman, and offensive lineman Brandon Walton.”
We have released DE Abdullah Anderson, DB Stephen Denmark, WR Isaiah McKoy, K Sam Sloman, and T Brandon Walton.https://t.co/DCQrVpfru0
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) August 17, 2021
Kicker Sam Sloman was arguably the most successful NFL player among those cut by the Steelers.
He spent his rookie season with both the Los Angeles Rams and Tennessee Titans. The Rams drafted Sloman in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. He eventually won the starting kicker job in training camp and had a solid rookie campaign.
There will be plenty of other players added to the growing list of those cut in the next few weeks.