Pittsburgh Steelers release OL Mike Adams


It's over for Mike Adams in Pittsburgh.

The Steelers released the veteran offensive tackle Thursday with a failed physical designation.

Adams, a second-round pick in 2012, missed all of last year after undergoing an offseason back procedure. Spending the year on the physically unable to perform list, the lineman's contract tolled through 2016, but Pittsburgh has seen enough of the underwhelming tackle.

Adams, 26, came out of camp in 2013 as the team's starting left tackle, but lost his job by midseason. He can't be blamed for the back injury, but Adams still goes down as one of Pittsburgh's biggest draft misses over the past half-decade. It's fair to wonder if his playing career is a wrap.

Thankfully for the Black and Gold, Pittsburgh's first-rounder from 2012 -- reliable right guard David DeCastro -- has started all but one game over the past three seasons and has given the Steelers a rock-solid presence up front.