The Steelers have released defensive back Curtis Brown, according to agent Chad Speck of Allegiant Athletic Agency (Twitter link). Brown, a third-round pick in 2011, had one year remaining on his rookie contract.
Although Brown saw a good deal of playing time on defense in 2012 as the nickel corner, he was relegated primarily to special teams duty in 2013. An ACL injury ended his season prematurely, but Speck indicates in his tweet that Brown will be ready for the 2014 season.
The Steelers’ cap savings in the move are minimal, since Brown’s cap number is only reduced by $645K. Still, every little bit should help Pittsburgh as the team looks to sneak under the cap before the new league year begins on Tuesday.