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Old 02-10-2009, 07:56 AM   #1
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Steelers plotting course for a frenzied offseason
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09041/948089-66.stm

Kevin Colbert, your team just won the Super Bowl. How will you celebrate?

The Indianapolis combine in February is nothing like Florida, but in a sense it is Colbert's Disney World, and the kickoff to the 2009 season for the Steelers' director of football operations.

The combine starts a week from tomorrow, and it also opens what will be a frenzied 10 days for the Steelers before free agency starts Feb. 27. Colbert said yesterday the Steelers likely will make contract offers to some of their potential free agents between next Tuesday and when free agency begins.

"We haven't made any definitive offers or decisions on any of our guys at this point," Colbert said. "But it's safe to say that we will try to keep as many of our own guys as possible, fully understanding that it may not be possible and [we] may have to go outside, either through free agency or obviously through the draft to replace some guys we potentially could lose."

They also will consider using the franchise or transition tags on a player to maintain their rights to one of their free agents. They did that last year with Max Starks and, while it cost them a $6.9 million salary, it paid off when he started 14 games at left tackle for the injured Marvel Smith, including all three in the postseason.

NFL teams have until Feb. 19 to tag one of their players.

"As it turned out we were very happy that we had Max available when he was needed," Colbert said. "We were fortunate that he was still here because it gave us an experienced guy who had played as a starter in the playoffs and in the Super Bowl."

The Steelers have four offensive linemen who can become unrestricted free agents Feb. 27 -- tackles Starks, Smith and Trai Essex and guard Chris Kemoeatu. Tackle Willie Colon can become restricted.

"It's unusual to have that many guys be hitting the market at the same time," Colbert said. "If we could, we wouldn't have that many coming into free agency at the same time, but circumstances just dictated that's where it ended up this time. You don't like to have that many guys at one position so that's a little unnerving, but we should be able to work through it."

Among other topics Colbert touched on yesterday:

The Steelers find themselves in a similar cap situation as in recent years, not pressed but not with a lot of room to spend freely. Their success in '08 validated their approach in signing players.

"Your team's not going to be the same as it was this year," Colbert said. "All of our attempts aren't going to be able to do that, no matter what. So you have to be realistic and understand that, plus you have to be honest about it and say OK, we won the Super Bowl but we need to improve in a certain area. You have to be able to be critical of your own team and of your own performances so that you can do the right things to maybe repeat that success."

He stated a need to inject youth into the defensive line.

"You want to add some young talent if you can at any position, but defensive line is probably one of the older positions on our team."

There has been some question about linebacker Larry Foote's future with the Steelers because he is to make a $2,885,000 salary and because Lawrence Timmons is behind him. Colbert's comments sounded as if they want Foote to stay without altering his pay.

"Any player who is a starter and still a contributor, it would be hard to make any kind of adjustments."

Colbert defended the play of the offensive line even though Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 46 times and their ground game ranked 23rd, second lowest since the 1970 NFL merger. He said injuries to linemen and backs and Roethlisberger's style of play led to some of the statistics.

"That being said, we also have to try to continue to improve in that area. I'm sure he doesn't like taking hits at the expense of making big plays that result in Super Bowl victories. But he is who he is, and it's our job to try to keep that talent around him and to keep improving it."

The Steelers do not plan to approach 2009 any differently than they've done in the past even though '10 would be an uncapped year and affect contracts and free agency if another collective bargaining agreement is not reached by then. For example, players could not become unrestricted free agents until after their sixth season instead of after their fourth, as it is under the CBA now. That could affect someone such as Colon, who is restricted this year and would not be unrestricted in '10 if there was no new CBA.

Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com.
First published on February 10, 2009 at 12:00 am
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Old 02-11-2009, 11:04 AM   #2
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Anyone think that if 2010 is an uncapped year Jerry Jones will spend ungodly money trying to buy himself a title with all his money and signing players to 1 year deals? Jones or Daniel Snyder?
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It will be a very interesting off season. Can't wait to see what Colbert and company do to help strengthen this team for a 2009 run.
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Sounds like he is thinking deffensive line if that is true then our offensive line will be neglected again.
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Sounds like he is thinking deffensive line if that is true then our offensive line will be neglected again.
Don't worry....sounds to me as though he is thinking pretty clearly of both sides of the ball. In addition to the defensive concerns he addressed he also stated:


• Colbert defended the play of the offensive line even though Ben Roethlisberger was sacked 46 times and their ground game ranked 23rd, second lowest since the 1970 NFL merger. He said injuries to linemen and backs and Roethlisberger's style of play led to some of the statistics.

"That being said, we also have to try to continue to improve in that area. I'm sure he doesn't like taking hits at the expense of making big plays that result in Super Bowl victories. But he is who he is, and it's our job to try to keep that talent around him and to keep improving it."
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Our running game declined because of our O-line, not the running backs fault.

Ben can't keep running forever - he'll take a hit eventually that will put him out for an extended time and our season will be over.

If I can see that - why not the FO?

Protect Ben - or else.
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I hope they go after O Line right off the bat by taking Alex Mack at 32.

I would like to see at least a center, guard and tackle come out of this draft.
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this off-season, will show how good colbert and his gang is.. can they re-sign the key players and replace the starters that leave...

in yrs past colbert and co, had a few tough decisions.. this yr.. evry move they make is crucial with more players being FA and some big names entering there final yr of there contract
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I hope they go after O Line right off the bat by taking Alex Mack at 32.

I would like to see at least a center, guard and tackle come out of this draft.
I'd like to see Mack if he's still available. Linemen from Cal usually tend to be pretty good and get ready to start quickly. I honestly don't care which specific positions they play; as long as we get one good lineman it'll help us tremendously, two would be even better.

Also hoping we get a DL with one of our first two picks; maybe we could get lucky in Round 2 since our scheme doesn't need one of the highly-touted NFL Combine studs so much as just a big guy who can shove people around.
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