Steelers Release Veteran Punter Rohn Stark
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The Pittsburgh Steelers released veteran punter Rohn Stark and first-year place kicker Joe Wood on Tuesday to meet the NFL’s 60-player roster limit.
The move means two-time all-CFL punter Josh Miller, signed last week, will start for the Steelers. Miller, 26, was released after the Seattle Seahawks re-signed veteran Rick Tuten.
Stark averaged 43 yards on seven punts in the Steelers’ first three preseason games. Miller averaged 40.4 for Seattle, but had a 47.7 average in two seasons with the CFL’s Baltimore Stallions.
Stark, a 14-season veteran, also was a disappointment in the playoffs, averaging 35.4 yards on nine punts before rebounding for a 44.8 average in the Super Bowl against Dallas.
Stark played 13 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts before joining the Steelers last year as a free agent. He had 59 punts for Pittsburgh, averaging 40.1 yards with a net average of 33.3.
The Steelers would save about $250,000 under the salary cap with the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Miller. Stark would have made $416,700 this season.
Stark was released while close to several NFL career records. He would have begun the season fifth for career punts with 1,044, 110 behind the record held by Dave Jennings. Stark averaged 74 punts a year over 14 seasons.
Stark is currently third in career punting yards with 45,530, and just 2,037 yards shy of Jennings’ record. Stark had 2,368 yards on 59 punts last season, a career low number of kicks.
And Stark is second on the career list for punts inside the 20-yard line with 245, and averaged 20 such punts a year. The record is held by Rich Camarillo with 261.
Wood joined the Steelers as a free agent last spring. He was a 12th-round draft pick by the Houston Oilers in 1992.