In a couple of somewhat surprising moves Thursday, the Steelers decided to allow a pair of former starters to leave.
Guard Kendall Simmons, a former No. 1 draft pick and the team's starting right guard, was released.
Also Anthony Smith, a former third-round draft pick and starting free safety was not tendered a contract offer as a restricted free agent, making him unrestricted.
The Simmons move is not all that surprising considering his injury history. He missed most of the 2008 season after tearing his Achilles tendon.
Not tendering Smith, however, goes against the grain of what the team usually does. Normally, the Steelers like to cover their butts with their own free agents and at least assure themselves of getting something in return.