Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Patrick Peterson in action during the first...

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Patrick Peterson in action during the first half of an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Jan. 6, 2024, in Baltimore. The Steelers cut Peterson on Friday, March 8, in a cost-cutting move ahead of the start of free agency next week. Credit: AP/Nick Wass

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Steelers released cornerback Patrick Peterson and wide receiver Allen Robinson II on Friday in cost-cutting moves ahead of the start of free agency next week.

Peterson, an eight-time Pro Bowler, signed a two-year deal with the Steelers last March. He was due a roster bonus of almost $3 million next week.

The 33-year-old Peterson had two interceptions and 42 tackles for the Steelers last season while serving as a mentor to rookie Joey Porter Jr. He moved from cornerback to safety late in the season when the position was decimated by injuries.

Robinson, acquired in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams last April, had 34 receptions for a career-low 280 yards without a touchdown for Pittsburgh. The move saves the Steelers $10 million in salary cap space.

Also Friday, Pittsburgh re-signed backup defensive tackle Breiden Fehoko, who spent most of last season on the practice squad.

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