The Steelers have released Pine-Richland and Youngstown State alum Kevin Rader, according to a report by Josina Anderson of ESPN.
Rader, a first-year tight end played in all four of the Steelers’ preseason games, recording three receptions for 30 yards.
The 24-year-old signed a reserve/future contract with the Steelers in January. He spent training camp in 2018 with the Green Bay Packers.
Rader spent most of the Steelers training camp third or fourth on the depth chart at tight end, behind veterans Vance McDonald and Xavier Grimble and battling with rookie fifth-round pick Zach Gentry.
In his four-year career with the Penguins, he lettered four times and played in 42 games, with 41 catches for 601 yards and four touchdowns, including his famous one-handed, game-winning touchdown grab in the 2016 FCS semifinal.
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