Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Aaron Ross is the best defensive player in team history, and he was cut on Thursday by the team.
Ross was scheduled to make $3.75 million this season, but the team said it decided to cut him because he is still recovering from his offseason hip surgery.
The Steelers’ next roster cut will take place at 11 a.m.
Here are the top five Steelers’ players in Steelers’ history, according to Pro Football Reference.
(Brent Sobleski/Associated Press) Ross had surgery to repair a hip injury in February 2016 and missed nearly the entire 2016 season after the surgery.
He was a solid contributor to the Steelers defense last season, recording eight sacks, two forced fumbles and a forced fumble recovery.
Ross is a two-time Pro Bowler who started six games in his eight-year career and played in a total of nine postseason games.
The 27-year-old had 11.5 sacks in 2016, including nine in his final six games.
His career totals include a career-high 13.5 in 2015 and eight sacks in 2015.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have had three players retire from the team since Ross was released.
Defensive tackle Anthony Walker had the highest cap number with $13.5 million in 2016 and spent most of his time with the Indianapolis Colts.
He played in just two games with the Colts in 2016 because of a torn ACL.
In his seven-year NFL career, Walker has accumulated 5,848 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, four forced fucks, 10 sacks and three forced fumble recoveries.
In 2016, he also had three sacks, six tackles for a loss, one forced fumble and four forced fumble recoveries, according the Elias Sports Bureau.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.