Steelers reportedly release Anthony Chickillo, save $5 million in cap space


Anthony Chickillo is reportedly the first piece to fall when it comes to Steelers’ 2020 free agents. On Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Pittsburgh has released Chickillo, a backup outside linebacker on the Steelers from 2015-19. 

The Steelers, who have to be in salary-cap compliance by Wednesday, save $5 million by releasing Chickillo. Pittsburgh needs to free up cap space after placing the franchise tag on fellow OLB Bud Dupree earlier in the day. The tag will pay Dupree about $15.829 million for the 2020 season, per CBS Sports contributor Joel Corry. Other Pittsburgh cap casualties, as referenced by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, may also include ILB Mark Barron ($5.25 million), guard Ramon Foster ($4 million), and LT Alejandro Villanueva ($5 million). 

A sixth-round pick in the 2015 draft, Chickillo, who played collegiate at the University of Miami, made nine starts in 65 regular season games for the Steelers. He tallied 97 tackles (11 for loss), 7.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He also saw significant time on special teams during his five seasons in Pittsburgh.

This past season, Chickillo was placed on the commissioner’s exempt list after charged with simple assault, criminal mischief, and harassment following a domestic dispute involving his girlfriend. He was cleared to rejoin the Steelers shortly after the charges against him were withdrawn in court.

One team that may be interested in Chickillo’s services is the Patriots, who reportedly offered him a two-year deal similar to the one he signed with the Steelers last offseason. 





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