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Starks, Randle El released

Posted Jul 28, 2011

PITTSBURGH ─ The Steelers released two veterans today, offensive tackle Max Starks and wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, the team announced.

Starks was originally drafted by the Steelers in the third round (75th overall) of the 2004 NFL Draft. He started 68 games in his seven seasons in Pittsburgh, including seven in 2010 before being placed on the Reserve/Injured List with a neck injury. Starks was a starter for the Steelers in Super Bowls XL and XLIII.

Randle El has started 23 games in two stints with the Steelers. After being drafted in the second round (62nd overall) by Pittsburgh in the 2002 NFL Draft, he spent four seasons with the Steelers (2002-05) before playing the next four in Washington (2006-09). Randle El returned to Pittsburgh in 2010 and played in all 16 games, finishing with 22 catches for 253 yards (11.5 avg.)