The Steelers have released rookie free agent cornerback Shakur Brown as part of nine cuts on Saturday as the works its way to a 53-man roster ahead of Tuesday’s deadline.
Brown signed with the Steelers on May 1 as an undrafted free agent out of Michigan State, and has been considered one of the most sought-after rookies that went undrafted this spring.
Brown made five tackles for the Steelers this preseason, and never seemed close to securing a roster spot despite his status as a priority undrafted free agent and the team essentially holding open tryouts for slot cornerbacks throughout training camp.
Brown was released on Saturday along with tight end Marcus Baugh, running back Tony Brooks-James, defensive lineman T.J. Carter, wide receiver Anthony Johnson, cornerback Lafayette Pitts, guard Malcolm Pridgeon, wide receiver Mathew Sexton and safety Lamont Wade.
The Steelers roster now stands at 71 players. The team still must make 18 more cuts before Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline to be under the 53-man limit. Of the players released, 16 may be added to the team’s practice squad.