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Pittsburgh Steelers Release Veteran NFL Linebacker

A general view of the Pittsburgh Steelers stadium.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 7: A general view during the game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on September 7, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Linebacker Anthony Chickillo's 5-year stint in Pittsburgh has come to an end.

The Steelers announced the releasing of the 27-year-old linebacker on Monday morning, via

Steelers have released linebacker Anthony Chickillo, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2020

">ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter. Chickillo played in 65 total games with the Steelers over five seasons, making nine starts in the process. During that span, he compiled 97 total tackles, 11 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks. This move comes as no surprise, though. Pittsburgh was hoping to develop Chickillo into a more prominent defensive starter. But of course, those plans never came to fruition as he struggled to find playing time. Schefter has the latest:

This release could be a sign of things to come for the Steelers moving forward. Pittsburgh doesn't necessarily need to compose an entire rebuild, but there's no doubt the organization needs to upgrade at several key positions.

The Steelers' defense is without a doubt one of the best in the NFL and will be for years to come. But the offense needs a whole lot of work. Fortunately, Ben Roethlisberger is expected to return from injury for the 2020 season, meaning no more Mason Rudolph. That alone will help the offense improve dramatically this upcoming season.

The Steelers are definitely a team to watch in 2020.