The Jacksonville Jaguars released former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Al Woods and seven other players Wednesday with the start of the new league year, the club announced.
Woods’ release comes as somewhat of a surprise, considering he signed with Jacksonville as a free agent just last offseason. He did opt-out of the 2020 season.
A 10-year veteran, the 33-year-old Woods played a pair of seasons in Pittsburgh from 2012-13. He tallied 16 total tackle, two sacks and a tackle-for-loss in 28 games played.
It is well known that the Steelers value familiarity, and Woods just so happens to fit a new need at defensive tackle after Tyson Alualu agreed to sign with Jaguars earlier this week.
Considering their financial challenges, Woods seems to be an affordable option for the Steelers as they attempt to plug the many fresh holes on their defense.
Selected in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft out of LSU, Woods has also played for Tampa Bay, Seattle, Tennessee and Indianapolis.