Both releases came from positions the Steelers had addressed in the 2021 NFL draft.
The Pittsburgh Steelers continue to adjust their 2021 offseason roster, this time releasing two players in tight end of Charles Jones and punter Corliss Waitman.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 3, 2021
Earlier on Monday cornerback DeMarkus Acy had announced his signing with the Steelers.
Corliss Waitman was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers following the 2020 NFL draft. Unable to show his putting skills in any preseason games due to their cancellation for the 2020 season, Waitman did find his way onto the Steelers practice squad in 2020 as they had been expanded to 16 players due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Waitman was signed to a Reserve/Futures contract with the Steelers following the 2020 season. But with the drafting of punter Pressley Harvin IIII in the seventh round of the 2021 NFL draft, the unlikelihood of the Steelers carrying three punters into training camp made Waitman expendable. The Steelers also have punter Jordan Berry currently on their roster.
Charles Jones joined the Steelers practice squad in November 2020 and was signed to a Reserve/Future contract this offseason. Undrafted out of Tulane in 2019, Jones signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars where he first landed on the practice squad and then appeared in four games with one reception for 5 yards. After being released by the Jaguars with an injury settlement in 2020, Jones was briefly on the Buffalo Bills practice squad before he signed with the Steelers.
With the signing of Acy and the release of Waitman and Jones, the Steelers currently have 91 players on their offseason roster. Since drafted players and undrafted free agents are not yet under contract, the Steelers still have time to release another player to get down to the 90-man limit.
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