Steelers trade Coates, Cockrell; Roster trimmed to 53

Posted on Sep 3 2017 - 12:56am by Rachael McKriger
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Photo of Ross Cockrell courtesy of Andy Lyons/Getty Images.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are saying goodbye to a number of players this weekend.

The NFL team – just like all the other 31 other NFL teams – are making final roster cuts and transactions to get their rosters to 53 players.

Many moves were made by the Steelers, but notably the team produced two trades.

Sammie Coates, a wide receiver, was traded to the Cleveland Browns on Saturday. In addition to Coates, the Steelers also sent the Browns their seventh-round draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

In return, the Steelers receive the Browns’ sixth-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Coates has been with the Steelers since 2015, being selected in the third round of the 2015 NFL Draft. He featured in 14 games for the Steelers in two seasons, starting five. He made 22 receptions for 446 yards.

Coates only had two touchdowns in a Steelers uniform.

The Steelers also made a trade sending Ross Cockrell to the New York Giants.

The cornerback had been with the Steelers since 2015, as well. However, Cockrell came to the Steelers as a free agent.

In two seasons, Cockrell featured in 31 games, starting all 16 last season. Cockrell made 62 tackles as a Steeler.

In addition, the Steelers also released a multitude of players. All players released are listed below.

Demarcus Ayers, Ruben Carter, Ethan Cooper, Knile Davis, Brandon Dixon, Kyle Friend, Matt Galambos, Austin Gearing, Malik Golden, Senquez Golson, Jacob Hagen, Cobi Hamilton, Colin Holba, Lavon Hooks, Bart Houston, Farrington Huguenin, David Johnson, Steven Johnson, Francis Kallon, Keith Kelsey, Johnny Maxey, Jake McGee, Brian Mihalik, Keavon Milton, Dashaun Phillips, Roy Philon, Jake Rodgers, JaCorey Shepherd, Justin Thomas, Fitzgerald Touissant, Marcus Tucker, Terrish Webb and Trey Williams.

The Steelers can sign up to 10 players to practice squad positions.

 

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