What depressing news to start off the morning. I honestly thought he was going to retire after the head injuries he took in a couple of games last season, but I didn't think they'd release him. He's a 3rd receiver at best right now behind Wallace and Brown, but I still think he has something to offer when he's on the field. I guess the Steelers don't agree. Sad to see one of my all-time favorite Steelers go.
I wonder if someone else will pick him up or if he'll fade off into the sunset.
I'll miss Papa Smurf, but you can't argue much with the Steelers player moves in recent years with respect to the likes of Alan Faneca, Santonio Holmes, Joey Porter, Willie Parker, Plaxico Burress, etc.
In some cases it was all about the money, in other cases the player didn't have much left, in other cases the player did things detrimental to the team concept.
Players come and go, but the Steelers are still the Steelers.
We could be like the Browns (yeah, right) who some years back lost their entire team (to Baltimore).
I see the logic of the move but it's still hard to swallow. Steelers don't over-pay for players, period, and he's making more than a #3 wideout should. Besides, he may not even be a #3 come camp this summer. Cotchery and Sanders looked good last year too. There's just no future for him, especially at his salary.
Maybe he'll retire before they release him. I'd like to see him go out a Steeler. I have faded but haunting memories of Franco wearing a Seahawks uniform.
I'm not a Steelers fan, but the guy was an amazing player in his hay day. I did write an article on Hubpages about the move. If you are a Steelers fan you probably want to read it. He will definitely make the Hall of Fame. I will take him on the Patriots any day of the week if he still wants to play. He is still a great blocker and for less money a steal!