Steelers release Pro Bowl guard DeCastro, sign Trai Turner

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The Pittsburgh Steelers released Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro, the team announced Thursday.

DeCastro, 31, has suffered from ankle issues and is evaluating his playing future.

"I have to get surgery on my ankle a third time," DeCastro told Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "I tried to fix it last year but the bone spurs kept coming back. It nagged me pretty bad all last year."

"Gotta see how the surgery goes," he added. "But I'd have no problem calling it a day and moving on with my life."

The six-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro has spent his entire nine-year career with the Steelers. His release saves the Steelers $8.75 million against the salary cap, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.

In a corresponding move, the Steelers signed Trai Turner to a one-year deal, the veteran guard's agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Turner, a five-time Pro Bowler, was released by the Los Angeles Chargers in March. He spent the previous six years with the Carolina Panthers.

Pittsburgh shuffled its offensive line this offseason, parting ways with Maurkice Pouncey, Alejandro Villanueva, Matt Feiler, and now DeCastro. Chukwuma Okorafor, a 2018 draft pick with 19 career starts, is the team's only returning starter on the offensive line.

The Steelers signed veteran backups B.J. Finney and Joe Haeg in March. They also have young and unproven linemen J.C. Hassenauer, Kevin Dotson, and Zach Banner.

Steelers release Pro Bowl guard DeCastro, sign Trai Turner
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