Steelers announce retirement of long-time tight ends coach

Steelers announce retirement of long-time tight ends coach
PITTSBURGH, PA - CIRCA 2011: In this handout image provided by the NFL, James Daniel of the Pittsburgh Steelers poses for his NFL headshot circa 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by NFL via Getty Images) (Handout/Getty Images)

PITTSBURGH — More changes have come to the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff.

The team announced on Thursday that long-time tight ends coach James Daniel is retiring.

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Daniel was hired by Coach Bill Cowher in 2004 and remained in his position when Coach Mike Tomlin took over in 2007. He has spent 17 seasons with the Steelers.

“I wish James all the best in his retirement following a long, productive coaching career in the National Football League,” said Tomlin in a statement. “I worked with JD for the past 14 years and he coached a bunch of great tight ends, not only here in Pittsburgh but also in Atlanta and New York. His experience provided our tight ends group and our coaching staff with invaluable lessons throughout his career. He has been a tremendous part of our staff from my first day and I wish nothing but continued success in his retirement.”

Earlier on Thursday, the team announced that they would not renew contracts for three of its coaches -- offensive coordinator Randy Fichtner, offensive line coach Shaun Sarrett, and defensive backs coach Tom Bradley.

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