NFL roundup: Steelers cut Stuvaints, Logan
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers released safeties Mike Logan and Russell Stuvaints on Monday, two more moves designed to get them under the salary cap.
The Super Bowl champions cut backup quarterback Tommy Maddox and cornerback Willie Williams last week.
Logan, a Pittsburgh native, recently needed surgery to repair a knee injury that occurred in the Super Bowl and is likely to re-sign with the Steelers. By releasing Logan, the Steelers temporarily cleared about $1 million in salary cap room.
The Steelers are expected to re-sign Logan not only because they face losing safety Chris Hope as a free agent, but also to avoid facing a grievance for releasing an injured player.
Stuvaints, also from the Pittsburgh area, spent all or part of the last three seasons with the Steelers. He was placed on the injured reserve list Nov. 22 with a hamstring injury. He would have counted $230,000 against the cap next season.
Rams release Isaac Bruce
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce is a free agent for the first time in his career after the team released him following failed contract negotiations.
The team cut their longest-tenured player Sunday night after talks broke down on a restructured deal. But they remained hopeful Tuesday of getting an agreement that would bring Bruce back for a 13th season.
The 33-year-old Bruce had a salary cap figure of $10 million for next season. He had been due to receive a $1.5 million roster bonus Monday, the first day of the free agency period, as part of an $8.1 million salary.
That was the final year of a seven-year, $42 million contract he signed in 2000.
The Rams had reportedly offered a three-year deal worth about $9 million, including a $5 million contract in the first season.
“Isaac has been an integral and valuable member of our organization for a long time, both on and off the field,” said Jay Zygmunt, the team’s president of football operations. “This has been a difficult process.
“However, we remain optimistic that a contract extension can be completed in the near future.”
Bruce has been with the team since 1994, the year before they moved to the Midwest, and has been to four Pro Bowls.
Bruce is the Rams’ career leader in receptions (813), receiving yards (12,278) and receiving touchdowns (77). He also caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the Rams’ lone Super Bowl victory after the 2000 season.
His receiving yardage is 12th best in NFL history.
Last season, Bruce missed five games with turf toe and had 36 receptions for 525 yards. In 2004, his last full season, he had 89 catches for 1,292 yards with six touchdowns.
Over his career, he’s been durable. Bruce has played every game in seven seasons and late last season he felt pretty much like the player the Rams drafted in the second round in 1994.
The Rams have only two wide receivers under contract, Torry Holt and Dane Looker. Kevin Curtis and Shaun McDonald are restricted free agents.
Packers re-sign RB Ahman Green
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have re-signed running back Ahman Green to a one-year contract.
Packers general manager Ted Thompson said Monday that Green is making good progress after missing most of last season with a torn tendon in his right leg. He spent part of the offseason working out at the Packers’ training facility.
A four-time Pro Bowler, Green had rushed for more than 1,100 yards in each of the previous five seasons for Green Bay.
Green also had issues off the field last year. He is due in court March 22 to face a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge stemming from an argument with his wife last April.
Green had agreed to a plea-bargain deal but decided to fight the charge. He has since reconciled with his wife, Heather.
If convicted, Green faces up to 90 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.