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Mike Mitchell brought bluster and a physical if occasionally volatile presence to the Pittsburgh secondary. William Gay was a steady hand and contributed a decade of consistency to the Steelers. Robert Golden had the hard-to-quantify intangibles that made him a special teams ace and reliable backup.

And now they're gone.

The two-time defending AFC North champions released all three players Wednesday Mitchell Trubisky Bears Jersey , signaling a shift in direction in a defensive backfield that faltered in key moments last season.

The Steelers won 13 games but also allowed Tom Brady to light them up late in a mid-December loss that determined home-field advantage throughout the AFC playoffs. They couldn't stop Jacksonville's Blake Bortles from orchestrating a playoff upset at Heinz Field that brought a season filled with Super Bowl expectations to an emphatic and sudden halt.

The moves freed up about $7 million in cap space, money Pittsburgh can now use in part to retool around veteran cornerback Joe Haden, promising if erratic cornerback Artie Burns, and safety Sean Davis.

Mitchell spent four uneven seasons with the Steelers, who made a rare splurge in free agency when they brought him in from Carolina in 2014, signing him to a five-year, $25 million deal. Mitchell picked off four passes and recovered four fumbles in Pittsburgh. He also reined in the questionable hits that cost him tens of thousands of dollars in fines earlier in his career.

He also served as a firebrand for a secondary in transition following the retirement of stars Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor. Yet he would occasionally go for the big hit when a routine tackle would have sufficed, an issue that popped up at inopportune times.

Gay's departure leaves quarterback Ben Roethlisberger as the only player from Pittsburgh's last Super Bowl victory nearly a decade ago. Gay carved out a niche as a reliable and versatile defensive back. He has played in 176 consecutive games while spending 10 of his 11 seasons with the Steelers. Gay's playing time decreased last season as rookie Mike Hilton took over his spot as the nickel back.

Golden filled in at various spots in the secondary, though his real impact was on special teams, a unit he served as the captain from 2014-16.

The moves came a month after Tom Bradley replaced Carnell Lake as defensive backs coach. Lake stepped down shortly after the playoff loss to Jacksonville to spend more time in California to watch his son play high school football.

Pittsburgh, as has long been its custom Armani Watts Color Rush Jersey , stayed quiet on the first day of the league's new year. The Steelers have focused most of their work over the last six weeks trying to get under the 2018 salary cap, something they've done largely through restructuring existing contracts.

While Pittsburgh has depth concerns at safety and inside linebacker, it's likely the Steelers will rely heavily on the draft to address those needs. Davis and J.J. Wilcox are the only safeties on the current roster with serious NFL experience. Pro Bowl linebacker Ryan Shazier has already been ruled out for 2018 as he recovers from spinal surgery in December.

The Arizona Cardinals, with running back David Johnson still a no-show, wrapped up their first minicamp under new coach Steve Wilks on Thursday with another workout in the scorching heat.

With the high approaching 110 degrees a couple of hours later, the Cardinals practiced in the late morning hours with Wilks disdaining using the nearby practice bubble.

"It was hot today," Wilks said. "But it's part of us building that mental toughness. There are going to be certain times down in Glendale (for training camp) that we're going to get outside as well."

Johnson, entering his fourth NFL season, participated in all the voluntary workouts except the last one, when he stood on the sideline watching. He didn't show up for any of the three mandatory minicamps, which will result in fines Da'Ron Payne Redskins Jersey , as his agent tries to get a better contract.

The dynamic running back led the NFL in yards from scrimmage two years ago, becoming the first player in league history to top 100 yards from scrimmage in his first 15 games. But he dislocated his wrist in last year's opener and didn't play again.

He's scheduled to make $1.9 million this season, far less than what the other top running backs in the league earn but his situation is complicated by missing virtually all of his most recent season.

"Everyone has their personal reasons," cornerback Patrick Peterson said. "I just hope David and his team figure it out and hopefully we'll have him here by camp."

The Cardinals report to training camp July 27 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, their regular-season home. The players stay in a nearby hotel.

The team will gather with three new quarterbacks 鈥?Sam Bradford, Mike Glennon and rookie Josh Rosen.

Bradford, signed as a free agent to be the starter, was limited in voluntary workouts as he works his way back from a knee injury. But he was used more in the minicamp.

"Sam did a little bit more today," Wilks said. "I'm very pleased in his performance. He's doing some great things out there. Again, just identifying the defense, getting the offense in the right position Bears Roquan Smith Jersey , taking control, which I like. He made some great throws, good accuracy."

Glennon was signed as the backup but will be pushed by Rosen. Rosen, the first-round draft pick who has been praised for his ability to quickly pick up the offense and make the right decisions as he got more reps because of Bradford's situation.

Wilks has not talked about Johnson, saying his emphasis is on the players who were at minicamp. But the ground game appears to be the central component of the offense being installed by new coordinator Mike McCoy.

Wilks praised the work of the revamped offensive line, even though it's hard to reach too big a conclusion with the team not yet in pads.

"The point of emphasis from day one is we want to run the ball," Wilks said.

The players go their separate ways for the next six weeks. Peterson said he's headed to Monaco to celebrate his sixth wedding anniversary, then he will meet up with Larry Fitzgerald to play golf at St. Andrews in Scotland.

Inside linebacker Deone Bucannon, who will call the defensive signals, said he's going to Southern California to work out there.

The players are allowed to keep their iPads to study the playbook while they're gone.

Wilks, the defensive coordinator at Carolina last season Chris Iannetta Colorado Rockies Jersey , noted that three of his leading players ranked high in the new top 100 players list compiled by the NFL Network. Peterson comes in at No. 23, Fitzgerald No. 27 and defensive end Chandler Jones No. 28.

"That's very impressive," Wilks said. "And you have other guys that are emerging like Bucannon, (Haason) Reddick, Budda Baker, those guys. And you still have a quality quarterback in my opinion in Sam Bradford.

"So we have great personnel. We have good core guys and we have a great supporting cast. So I'm excited about our roster."

Whenever Johnson returns, expect the coach to start talking him up again, too.

Notes: The Cardinals re-signed veteran punter Andy Lee to a deal that keeps him under contract through the 2020 season. The 35-year-old Lee has appeared in 217 games over his NFL career.


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