Vince Williams was initially released from the team in March due to limitations against the salary cap, but was rehired in April via a one-season veteran minimum contract
PITTSBURGH – On the eve of the first practice of the Pittsburgh Steelers training camp, veteran inside linebacker Vince Williams informed the team of his retirement on Wednesday.
Williams, 31, played eight seasons with the organization after being selected in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Vince Williams played his entire career with Pittsburgh after being drafted in the sixth round by the Steelers from Florida State. AP Photo
Williams was initially released by the team in March for limitations against the salary cap, but was rehired in April via a one-season veteran minimum contract.
Some of Williams’ teammates on defense, including TJ Watt and Joe Haden, posted their reactions on social media later this Wednesday.
Congratulations on a phenomenal career @ VinnyVidiVici98 !! I’m lucky to have shared the field with you! https://t.co/BLjS9k0kiP
– TJ Watt (@_TJWatt) July 21, 2021
The former Florida State player emerged as one of the team leaders in Pittsburgh and started 69 of 121 career games, amassing 20.5 sacks, 479 combined tackles and 50 tackles for loss.
His role in 2021 was likely to be curtailed with the emergence of Robert Spillane, who stepped forward last season when former Top-10 draft pick Devin Bush tore his ACL.
Beyond Spillane and Bush, the Steelers will likely lean on rookie Buddy Johnson and safety-turned-inside linebacker Marcus Allen to provide depth at position, but with a solid camp, a completely healthy Ulysees Gilbert III could stick around as well. with a template square to complete the group.