Steelers release QB Troy Smith

By Gil Alcaraz IV

Six years after winning the Heisman Trophy, it appears that Troy Smith could already be out of luck in the NFL.

On Monday, the Pittsburgh Steelers released Smith after only five months with the team.

Smith was brought in as insurance in January when the Steelers were left with only one quarterback under contract. Then veterans Byron Leftwich and Charlie Batch were re-signed, giving Pittsburgh some experience behind starter Ben Roethlisberger.

The former Heisman winner has had a lackluster NFL career after being selected by the Baltimore Ravens during the fifth round of the 2007 NFL Draft. Since then, he has played for two other teams, including the San Francisco 49ers and the UFL’s Omaha Nighthawks, before landing a gig as a Steelers’ camp arm.

During his short 2010 stint with the 49ers, Smith started six games while taking over for Alex Smith, who got the team off to a 1-6 start. In those six starts, he led the 49ers to a 3-3 record but failed to make a significant impact with his subpar passing.

Smith has played in a total of 20 games since entering the league. During that time, he has completed 51.7 percent of his passes for 1,734 yards, eight touchdowns and five interceptions. He has accumulated a passer rating of 78.5 while also adding 230 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.

Considering that Smith couldn’t even outshine undrafted rookie free agent Jerrod Johnson for the Steelers’ final quarterback spot, it’s safe to assume that his NFL career will soon be six feet under.

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