Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Steelers Kick Gardocki to the Curb

Today, the Steelers released 16-year-veteran punter Chris Gardocki. The move had been expected since the team traded up in the fourth round of last month's NFL Draft to select Daniel Sepulveda, who twice won the Ray Guy Award (given to the top punter in Division I-A college football) at Baylor.

Without a doubt, Sepulveda (or Mike Barr, the only other punter on Pittsburgh's roster) will be paid considerably less than Gardocki, who was scheduled to earn $1,088,750 in 2007 and $1.3 million in 2008. But by cutting Gardocki with two years remaining on his contract, a prorated portion of Gardocki's $1.1 million signing bonus will count as "dead money" against the Steelers' salary cap.


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