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Steelers Rumors: David DeCastro Hints at Potential Retirement

Adam Taylor McKillop
After the Pittsburgh Steelers released Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro, the NFL veteran hinted at potential retirement as his next move.
After the Pittsburgh Steelers released Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro, the NFL veteran hinted at potential retirement as his next move. / Joe Sargent/Getty Images
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The Pittsburgh Steelers sent some shockwaves through the NFL world on Thursday after the franchise released six-time Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro. After all, DeCastro has spent the entirety of his nine-year NFL career in Pittsburgh while earning those six Pro Bowls and two All-Pro selections.

While the Steelers did clear $8.75 million in cap space with this release, many fans speculated if there was something more to this story. On Friday, that speculation was confirmed after reports detailed DeCastro's issue with bone spurs in his ankle. The nine-year guard revealed that he'll require a third ankle surgery to correct the issue.

With another surgery looming, DeCastro also revealed that retirement is certainly an option for his next step.

“Gotta see how the surgery goes. But I’d have no problem calling it a day and moving on with my life.”

David DeCastro

Despite dealing with the bone spurs issue all last season, DeCastro still appeared and started in 13 games and never once made the injury report in Pittsburgh. The standout pass-blocker has played in 125 games throughout his lengthy career while recording 124 starts.

Pittsburgh quickly found a replacement for DeCastro in Trai Turner. Revamping this o-line will be a tall task, especially considering the 2020 group in Pittsburgh ranked as the best pass-blocking unit in the entire NFL last season. Pittsburgh allowed the fewest sacks (14) and sack percentage (2.1%) for all 32 teams last year.

Despite finishing first in the AFC North last season at 12-4, the Steelers own just the third-best odds (+440) to win the division in 2021, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.


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