The Steelers will release running back Trey Edmunds before the start of training camp on Tuesday, according to a report by Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Edmunds, the older brother of strong safety Terrell Edmunds, had been the longest-tenured member of the Steelers’ running back room, first signing with the team on Sept. 5, 2018 and having been a member of the active roster or practice squad since.
The 27-year-old Edmunds was activated from the practice squad for two games in 2021, the Steelers’ Week 16 and 17 games against the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns. He played exclusively on special teams and did not record any statistics.
In Pittsburgh, his most productive season was in 2019, when he rushed 22 times for 92 yards and caught six passes for 48 yards. In 2020, he was elevated to the active roster for four games.
Edmunds was a trusted member of the Steelers’ special teams units when active and has also played fullback.
The Edmunds brothers had been one of four sets of brothers on the team, alongside Carlos and Khalil Davis, Cam and Connor Heyward and Derek and T.J. Watt.
The Steelers’ offseason roster had been at the maximum of 90 players. The team did not make any significant additions to the running back room this offseason, choosing to bring back Edmunds, Benny Snell and Anthony McFarland along with undrafted free agents Mateo Durant and Jaylen Warren.
The release of Edmunds on the eve of training camp could portend the addition of a backup running back that seems more capable of pushing McFarland and Snell to be the top change of pace to Najee Harris at the position.
The Steelers will report to St. Vincent College for training camp on Tuesday at noon, with the players’ first on-field action being a conditioning run that afternoon.