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Old 02-08-2012, 06:35 PM   #1
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Default Willie Colonís cap number makes it hard to cut him

Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon who has only played one game in the last two seasons is on my list of guys who should be gone this offseason. After looking at all the cap numbers and potential cost savings to the Steelers by players who could be released it looks like we will be stuck with Colon for another season at least. He basically canít be cut. So the Steelers are going to have to look for cost savings somewhere else. Someone who we might need could lose their job because Colon has to stay.

Colon is due $5.7 million this season. If the Steelers were to release Colon they would only save $900k of that $5.7 million in cap money. It is not worth it in any way shape or form for Colon to not be on this team next year.

It bothers me that this is happening. Colon should have never been signed in the first place. We had already drafted Marcus Gilbert in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Now Gilbert who had a good season at right tackle which is where he belongs has to move to left tackle. That is because Colon has to play right tackle. He can not go to the left side. So we had a good right tackle who now is pushed to the left side because Colon basically can not be cut.

How many times do we have to do this before we get the hint. The Chicago Bears were ready to sign Colon and we made him an offer. This is the same thing that happened with Kemo a few years back. He had a deal with the Jets and we jumped in and over paid him. Now we have a guy who can barely walk and is a penalty machine. He was a penalty machine when we paid him though too. Let people take our garbage instead of getting in bad salary cap situations by overpaying unproductive linemen. Draft someone new. Those guys are cheaper and at least they have a chance to improve.

Colon had potential when he came out of college. He was talked about as being a steal as a guard. The Steelers have refused to move him inside or even attempt to do it. They kept him at right tackle where he struggled with speed rushers. Then when he came back this season in his one game back he lost the strong push he used to get in the run game. He now has not played in 2 years and both of his injuries will affect his strength in blocking. Which will only make him struggle more.
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Old 02-08-2012, 06:42 PM   #2
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Default Re: Willie Colonís cap number makes it hard to cut him

If he manages to stay healthy, he may be of value next year. He's done well when in there
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:02 PM   #3
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Doesn't Colbert ultimately makes these calls? This is one of the reasons i'm not a big fan of his...
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:13 PM   #4
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Steelers offensive tackle Willie Colon who has only played one game in the last two seasons is on my list of guys who should be gone this offseason. After looking at all the cap numbers and potential cost savings to the Steelers by players who could be released it looks like we will be stuck with Colon for another season at least. He basically canít be cut. So the Steelers are going to have to look for cost savings somewhere else. Someone who we might need could lose their job because Colon has to stay.

Colon is due $5.7 million this season. If the Steelers were to release Colon they would only save $900k of that $5.7 million in cap money. It is not worth it in any way shape or form for Colon to not be on this team next year.

It bothers me that this is happening. Colon should have never been signed in the first place. We had already drafted Marcus Gilbert in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Now Gilbert who had a good season at right tackle which is where he belongs has to move to left tackle. That is because Colon has to play right tackle. He can not go to the left side. So we had a good right tackle who now is pushed to the left side because Colon basically can not be cut.

How many times do we have to do this before we get the hint. The Chicago Bears were ready to sign Colon and we made him an offer. This is the same thing that happened with Kemo a few years back. He had a deal with the Jets and we jumped in and over paid him. Now we have a guy who can barely walk and is a penalty machine. He was a penalty machine when we paid him though too. Let people take our garbage instead of getting in bad salary cap situations by overpaying unproductive linemen. Draft someone new. Those guys are cheaper and at least they have a chance to improve.

Colon had potential when he came out of college. He was talked about as being a steal as a guard. The Steelers have refused to move him inside or even attempt to do it. They kept him at right tackle where he struggled with speed rushers. Then when he came back this season in his one game back he lost the strong push he used to get in the run game. He now has not played in 2 years and both of his injuries will affect his strength in blocking. Which will only make him struggle more.
I'd like to see them keep Gilbert at RT Tackle as he is the future there. Move Colon over one spot to his old position at RG.
Is Starks done with that injury? We cut him before last season, but I thought he played pretty well this year. He seems to hold down his side pretty well and doesn't get a lot of help from Kemo. He also usually holds Suggs in check, which is important as we play them twice.

The spot we need to fill is LG. Kemo is terrible now.
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Old 02-08-2012, 07:19 PM   #5
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Besides Pouncey, our offensive line is a bunch of "back-ups" at best.
Gilbert got's a shot, but Foster, Essex, Legursky, Kemo, Scott......give me a break!
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Besides Pouncey, our offensive line is a bunch of "back-ups" at best.
Gilbert got's a shot, but Foster, Essex, Legursky, Kemo, Scott......give me a break!
THIS...And i'm not impressed with Gilberts attitude...unprepared in preseason lands him in the doghouse...then gets benched during the season for the same shit...
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Doesn't Colbert ultimately makes these calls? This is one of the reasons i'm not a big fan of his...
Yes and he ultimately is the one responsible for the other 51 people on the team, soooo take the bad with the good when it comes to personnel moves...hindsight is 50/50

Having NOONE behind them for so long is what handcuffed us into signing kemo and colon. It's not like we didn't try drafting guys later on and bringing them in off the PS. They never got better or showed they had it. The 08 draft is the lone stinker on his resume. Passing on Ray Rice TWICE! As much as I hate the little rat **** I sure wish we had a guy with his talents running the ball.
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It seems pretty simple to me, you keep Starks at LT another year or two if he can stay healthy, bump Colon to RG which shouldn't be that hard for him to do, and he might just be better off since he won't be as strong as before his injuries, and draft someone..ANYONE who is an upgrade to KEMO. Which shouldn't be hard to do at all. Someone that is big and athletic enough to pull. They truly are one piece away from being a half way decent line. I know some don't agree, but look at the difference Max Starks made when he stepped in. Eliminate the weakest link (kemo) and you will see a big difference next year. And the good thing with the rest of our line is they have TONS of game experience now playing just about every position out there, so there shouldn't be any major drop off if one comes in for spot duty.
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It seems pretty simple to me, you keep Starks at LT another year or two if he can stay healthy, bump Colon to RG which shouldn't be that hard for him to do, and he might just be better off since he won't be as strong as before his injuries, and draft someone..ANYONE who is an upgrade to KEMO. Which shouldn't be hard to do at all. Someone that is big and athletic enough to pull. They truly are one piece away from being a half way decent line. I know some don't agree, but look at the difference Max Starks made when he stepped in. Eliminate the weakest link (kemo) and you will see a big difference next year. And the good thing with the rest of our line is they have TONS of game experience now playing just about every position out there, so there shouldn't be any major drop off if one comes in for spot duty.
agreed. And at that point, I like a guy like Legursky on the bench because he can backup Guard and Center in a pinch. I don't know much about next years draft, but I think we're drafting around #21. At that spot you can usually get the #1 or #2 guard in the draft.
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Yes and he ultimately is the one responsible for the other 51 people on the team, soooo take the bad with the good when it comes to personnel moves...hindsight is 50/50

Having NOONE behind them for so long is what handcuffed us into signing kemo and colon. It's not like we didn't try drafting guys later on and bringing them in off the PS. They never got better or showed they had it. The 08 draft is the lone stinker on his resume. Passing on Ray Rice TWICE! As much as I hate the little rat **** I sure wish we had a guy with his talents running the ball.
exactly which is what Colbert should have been watching...you always need a good OLine ALWAYS, that's what the Steelers are known for..he should know better
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