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Steelers cut Antwaan Randle El

Antwaan Randle El, Pat Chung

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antwaan Randle El (82) can’t come down with the pass in the end zone as New England Patriots safety Pat Chung (25) defends in the second quarter of the NFL football game, Sunday, Nov. 14, 2010 in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

AP

The Pittsburgh Steelers have announced that wide receiver Antwaan Randle El has been released.

Randle El’s release comes as no surprise; we noted a week ago that he was a veteran likely to be cut because he’s no longer necessary in Pittsburgh with so many young options.

It’s safe to assume Randle El will catch on somewhere, but it’s tough to see him making much of a difference. Randle El turns 32 next month and is coming off a season in which he had career lows in catches (22) and yards (253).

There may be some talk now that releasing one veteran receiver makes it more likely that another -- Plaxico Burress -- will come to Pittsburgh, although any decision the Steelers make on Burress likely doesn’t have anything to do with the decision to release Randle El.