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mesaSteeler
02-24-2012, 12:35 AM
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Thursday, February 23, 2012
News of the day

Kevin Colbert spoke to the media in Indianpolis Thursday regarding the Steelers cap situation - which was getting better as he was speaking.

The team restructured the contract of Ben Roethlisberger to free up a little more than $8 million in cap space, putting the Steelers right around where they need to be heading into free agency.

The league hasn't officially told teams what the cap will be, so the moves they have made thus far have been to put them in the ballpark.

Of course, to begin tendering their restricted free agents, more restructuring and cuts will be coming, something Colbert acknowledged today.

"Weve already done some restructurings," Colbert said. "We know were going to have to do more. We know were going to have to terminate players. We just dont know what combination or how much restructuring we have left."

Colbert said the team is confident it will be able to keep wide receiver Mike Wallace, who will be a restricted free agent.

The Steelers likely won't put the franchise tag on Wallace, but they will have the first right of refusal on any contract offer he might receive. Given how creative they have already been getting to the cap, it's likely he's right.

Colbert also said he doesn't expect running back Rashard Mendenhall to be placed on season-ending IR or to be released. Colbert expects Mendenhall to contribute in some manner in 2012 despite suffering a torn ACL in the final regular season game.

Colbert was also confident that nose tackle Casey Hampton will fully recover from his torn ACL - his third - and be ready to go at the start of the season.

"You dont have to worry about speed," Colbert said. "You dont have to worry about the quick change of direction when youre talking about the offensive and defensive linemen. The one edge Casey will have on anybody is hes been through this twice and he knows what to expect and he knows how hes going to feel at a certain point when he feels hes healthy."

steeltheone
02-24-2012, 03:16 AM
Yes Kevin, speed is not a factor with Casey, Neither is any type of pass rush, i know it's the 3/4 but the guy is done at the price he takes in. Cut and move on.

stb_steeler
02-24-2012, 03:52 PM
The only speed you will see from Big Snack is when the bell rings for lunch..:popcorn:

El-Gonzo Jackson
02-24-2012, 05:03 PM
Hampton needs to occupy 2 blockers so the LB's can make plays. He can hopefully do that for 1 more year, while our rookie NT gets used to the NFL.

Why is it that almost the entire MB can complain about a situation, but never think to offer a viable solution?

BKAnthem
02-24-2012, 05:17 PM
Hampton needs to occupy 2 blockers so the LB's can make plays. He can hopefully do that for 1 more year, while our rookie NT gets used to the NFL.

Why is it that almost the entire MB can complain about a situation, but never think to offer a viable solution?

That's why i think we can take a DL late in the draft and concentrate on the OL. he can spend the year learning behind snack, especially since this draft seems to have quite a few quality DLinemen....i mean all we need are big bodies who can Hold up at the point of attack and the occasional penetration in the run game

Black N' Yellow
02-24-2012, 10:24 PM
That's why i think we can take a DL late in the draft and concentrate on the OL. he can spend the year learning behind snack, especially since this draft seems to have quite a few quality DLinemen....i mean all we need are big bodies who can Hold up at the point of attack and the occasional penetration in the run game

That's what separates the DTs in the high rounds from ones late in the draft. The ones projected lower either can't do it as well, as long, as consistently, or even at all unlike the top tier linemen. :/