The Pittsburgh Steelers did come up short of expectations in 2015, mostly due to injuries to key players. Although the Steelers offense was one of the most potent units in the NFL, the front office's offseason work will undoubtedly focus on the defensive side of the ball.
While many Steelers lived up to the expectations set forth for them, some disappointed this year. Here are five players that the Steelers should move on from.
1. Mike Vick
While Vick did do some good things for the Steelers this season, it is clear his best days are behind him. The 15-year veteran was a good teammate this season and was a useful tool in practice. However, he was outplayed by Landry Jones this season, which should probably be a sign for Vick that it may be time to hang up his cleats. It doesn't make a whole lot of sense for Pittsburgh to bring him back next season.
2. Mike Adams
The Steelers' second-round pick from 2012 has failed to live up to expectations. After missing the entire season with a back injury, Adams has ceded his role as the team's No. 3 tackle to Alejandro Villanueva. Now that his rookie contract is finished, Adams is likely to find a contract with another squad.
3. Cortez Allen
This one is particularly disappointing, as Allen once showed so much promise. His season ended after just one game and head coach Mike Tomlin didn't express much confidence in the young man. At his season-ending press conference when speaking of Allen's future, Tomlin said he wasn't confident in the corner's ability to become an impact player. Allen has been an overall disappointment since signing a $24 million contract extension just prior to the 2014 season. With the Steelers set to save $4.4 million in cap savings by releasing him after June 1, don't expect Allen to be back next season. Releasing him will result in $1.3 million of dead money.
4. Shamarko Thomas
Thomas dressed for 15 games, but only saw 20 defensive snaps the entire season. The former fourth round pick was at one time touted as a possible replacement for legendary Steelers' safety Troy Polamalu, but has barely got off the bench since. He does have one year left on his rookie contract, making him staying one more year a possibility.
5. Cam Thomas
It is almost a guarantee that Thomas will be allowed to walk this offseason. Cam Heyward was left asking for more help and less reps on the defensive line, which really showed the extent to which Thomas's play disappointed this season. Thomas wound up playing in less than 12 snaps per game, and will likely be allowed to test free-agency.
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