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    Exclamation Big Juicy Kemoeatu now set to be released

    It's been quite the busy day for the Steelers front office as they cuts continue now with the latest being offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu. The team continues to purge itself of salary cap money and veteran players that have been staples on the team for what seems like forever. It's a surreal time for the Steeler Nation as most of us have anticipated these types of cuts coming but it's still never easy to deal with.
    Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon tweeted out this afternoon about his latest teammate and friend who will no longer be with him on the field:


    @willcolon74: He's One of the tuffest S.O.B. I've ever known. This s*** really hurts. They don't make it like him anymore! #TheDarksideOftheBuiness

    @willcolon74: Take nothing for granted, Ball Hard Die Young #SoleforLife68

    Kemoeatu's salary cap hit was just over $4.3 million and he was signed through the end of the 2013 season when he would have been an unrestricted free agent. This latest move has the Steelers cutting about $41 million in player salaries; but remember that's not all equated to actual salary cap savings. According to the Trib's Mark Kaboly via twitter . @MarkKaboly_Trib: By my math, if Smith is cut, #Steelers are $3.5 UNDER the Colbert estimate $25 over. That's including 6 RFA &3 ERFA tenders & $1.5 borrowed

    Big Juicy struggled with a bothersome knee injury that limited him in training camp and preseason and then flared up again in the regular season causing him to miss 3 games. He also eventually lost his starting job due to inconsistent play and penalties; being replaced by a combination of Doug Legursky and Trai Essex most of the time. Yet another reason the Steelers line never was able to gain any continuity.

    Kemo just finished up his 7th season after being drafted by the Steelers out of Utah under then head coach Bill Cowher. His play came under fire in recent years with his propensity to draw personal fouls for extra curricular activity, such as diving into piles of players after the play or losing his cool and starting a scuffle. When he was healthy and playing at a high level he was a solid guard known for being one of the best at pulling (getting out in front of the running back to block).

    This latest cut would seem to signify that the Steelers are definitely going offensive line in the upcoming NFL draft next month as Kemoeatu was a starter at Guard. Even if Doug Legursky, who's rehabbing an injury himself this offseason, is ready to take over they'll need depth for the future.

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    I liked the dude, when he wasn't diving head first into the pile or taking a swing at a defensive lineman, and when he wasn't injured. LOL

    Seriously though, I agree this one tells me that they just were not content with the status quo that had been going on for years and now it's time to change.

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    Legs is a nice backup but he's not a starter.

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    Draft and Quality Free Agency for the OL this year..

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    @EdBouchette Chris Kemoeatu agent Ken Vierra: "I talked to him earlier today, they called him and told him they would release him." Another $3.5M lopped

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    Where exactly are we now with the cap? Gotta be under a fair amount, no?

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    GOOD RIDANCE!!! i'm glad he's gone Legs should be next, we are about 9.7 million under the cap since we released Smith, Ward and Kemo

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    Quote Originally Posted by CLEVELANDSTEEL View Post
    GOOD RIDANCE!!! i'm glad he's gone Legs should be next, we are about 9.7 million under the cap since we released Smith, Ward and Kemo
    I'm pretty sure that Legs is a free agent. So there's nothing to cut. I think they should bring him back though, because he'd be cheap, he's an OK back up and he backs up Pouncey.

    Is the 9.7 before or after accounting for the ~5 million needed for the draft? Either way, should be enough that we can sign at least 1 free agent. Hopefully a guard (because we need that much help on the OL.)

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    One turd down keep cutting the dead weight!
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    Hit the road Kemo....fat stupid sloth piece of crap.........

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