The Steelers have informed defensive end Aaron Smith and guard Chris Kemoeatu that they are not in the team's plans for 2012 and will be released.
The news comes a day after the team informed wide receiver Hines Ward that he will also be released.
The total cap savings from those cuts - when they occur – will be $9.7 million.
And the Steelers might not be done. Avella native Ralph Cindrich, the agent for linebacker James Farrior, tweeted on Thursday that he expects his client could also be on the chopping block.
Certainly, either Farrior or fellow veteran inside linebacker Larry Foote, will not be with the team in 2012.
It is difficult to see Smith, like Ward, go.
A consummate professional, Smith was long one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league - until everyone began talking about him being one of the most underrated defensive linemen in the league. By the time that happened, injuries began to knock him out of the lineup for extended periods of time.
Yet Smith was still one of the most respected men in a locker room full of strong leaders.
If the Steelers do indeed cut Farrior to go along with the cuts of Ward and Smith, they will have lost a great deal of leadership in their locker room.
Who steps into some of those roles remains to be seen.
Brett Keisel is a natural option along the defensive front, while Troy Polamalu, though not necessarily vocal, is a player who leads by example.
Offensively, there is little doubt that Ben Roethlisberger is now the man, though Maurkice Pouncey has also earned a lot of respect from his peers.