Steelers news: Kendrick Green traded, Zach Gentry cut, and more

  • Kendrick Green is being shipped to the Texans
  • Zach Gentry's tenure in Pittsburgh has ended
  • Trades around the NFL before the roster deadline

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As far as football news goes, it doesn't get much more eventful than the day we just witnessed from the Pittsburgh Steelers. Just hours before the NFL cut-down deadline, things really started to heat up and Omar Khan was no doubt a busy man.

The Steelers still had at least 17 roster moves to make heading into Tuesday morning in order to be roster-compliant by the 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Eventually, they made this happen, and Khan deserves added praise today for what he was able to pull off in crunch time. Here's the latest Pittsburgh Steelers news.

Steelers news:

Despite having so many roster moves to make on the day of the deadline, it was a quiet morning in Pittsburgh... that was until the Kendrick Green trade was announced. Less than 48 hours after trading OG Kevin Dotson to the Los Angeles Rams, Omar Khan was able to execute a trade sending Green to the Houston Texans in exchange for a 6th-round pick in 2025.

This may not seem like a great return for a player the Steelers previously spent a third-round pick on, but there were several factors to consider here. Green did not perform very well at guard or center this summer and he wasn't guaranteed to make the team. On top of this, trading Green freed up one more roster spot on the team.

There's no question that Green was a bust, but it's important to remember that Omar Khan didn't draft him -- Kevin Colbert did. Getting a 6th-rounder out of a player with pretty awful tape is much more than some of us expected.

More Steelers news:

Outside of the Kendrick Green trade, the decision to cut Zach Gentry was one of the bigger Steelers storylines of the cut-down deadline. While Gentry wasn't some untouchable player, most in the media predicted that Gentry would stick around for another year and maybe even continue his role as the number two tight end early in the season until Darnell Washington was ready.

This bold decision to cut Gentry shows us that the Steelers have more than enough trust in Washington as the 'Y' tight end from the gate. Pittsburgh now just has three players on the roster between the tight end and fullback spots combined with Pat Freiermuth, Darnell Washington, and Connor Heyward.

Gentry will need to clear waivers if the Steelers want him back on the practice squad. We knew the clock was going to set on his career in Pittsburgh eventually, but this happened faster than some of us anticipated.

NFL news:

As you can imagine, there were several big roster decisions made around the league on cut-down day. The Dallas Cowboys swapped former second-round CB Kelvin Joseph for former first-round Dolphins CB Noah Igbinoghene, Josina Anderson reported. Both cornerbacks were going to have trouble making the final roster and coaches wanted a change of scenery.

In addition to this, the Eagles added some depth and talent at tight end by trading for Albert Okwuegbunam in exchange for a late-round pick swap. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens released running back Melvin Gordon. He was a former first-round pick of the Chargers.

Arguably the biggest news of the afternoon, however, involved Colts' All-Pro running back, Jonathan Taylor. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the Colts could not find what they are looking for in a trade, and Taylor will stay on the Physically Unable to Perform List -- making him ineligible to play in the first four games of the season.