The Pittsburgh Steelers made 28 cuts Tuesday to get down to the NFL mandated 53-man roster limit and made two trades. They sent two draft picks to the Denver Broncos to acquire outside linebacker Malik Reed. The 26-year old Reed started 34 games and registered 5 sacks over the past three seasons. He gives the Steelers added depth behind T.J. Watt and Alex Highsmith. The Steelers sent their sixth and seventh-round draft picks in the 2023 draft to Denver.
The Steelers also sent a conditional seventh-round pick in 2025 to the Minnesota Vikings for tackle/guard Jesse Davis. He had signed with the Vikings in free agency back in March after starting 72 games over the previous five seasons with the Miami Dolphins.
Among the Tuesday cuts were linebackers Marcus Allen and Buddy Johnson. The Steelers also cut offensive linemen Joe Haeg and Trent Scott, along with running back Anthony McFarland and defensive back Justin Layne, a former third-round pick.
Among former first-round picks released by teams Tuesday: Cleveland quarterback Josh Rosen, Las Vegas Raiders offensive lineman Alex Leatherwood. Kansas City also released once-elite wide receiver Josh Gordon.