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Old 03-07-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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Willie Colon in Pittsburgh Steelers' plans, agent says

By Marc Sessler
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Published: March 7, 2013

The Pittsburgh Steelers were expected to part ways with Willie Colon, but it appears the left guard isn't going anywhere for the time being.

Colon's agent, Joe Linta, told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Steelers' front office said they aren't planning to do anything with the veteran's contract and have not requested a pay cut.

Colon, 29, is set to earn $5.5 million next season as part of the five-year, $29 million contract he signed in 2011. The sense around the Steelers was that Colon would be cut as Pittsburgh sought to overhaul its offensive front with more athletic and durable linemen. Colon has started only 13 games over the past two years and wound up on injured reserve for the third straight season in 2012.

The Steelers have been tinkering with their line for years. They have young talent at guard in David DeCastro and are high on Kelvin Beachum as a potential answer inside. Colon is safe for now, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Steelers come calling about a reduction in pay before the season starts -- if he lasts that long.

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap100...ans-agent-says
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Default Re: Willie Colon in Pittsburgh Steelers' plans, agent says

I thought for sure they would look for some cap relief from Colon. Interesting if nothing happens.

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Default Re: Willie Colon in Pittsburgh Steelers' plans, agent says

They may not be talking to him because they plan on cutting him?
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Default Re: Willie Colon in Pittsburgh Steelers' plans, agent says

when Colon is good he's a great mauler, but too many penalties and too much time spent on injured reserve. That being said, if he's the weak link on the OL that's not too bad
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They may not be talking to him because they plan on cutting him?
What's the cap relief on cutting him?
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What's the cap relief on cutting him?
there's been some confusion, but I believe we would save 1.5 million. He's due 5.5 and the cap hit on cutting him at this point would be somewhere around 4 million, but that's all just from memory and I could be wrong. I don't know what cutting him after June 1st would change.
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there's been some confusion, but I believe we would save 1.5 million. He's due 5.5 and the cap hit on cutting him at this point would be somewhere around 4 million, but that's all just from memory and I could be wrong. I don't know what cutting him after June 1st would change.
cutting him after june 1 would allow us to spread the cap hit for paid bonus money over 2 years.
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Default Re: Willie Colon in Pittsburgh Steelers' plans, agent says

He's no good to us when he can't play due to injury - Let him go. He filled in fine last year at guard, but too high of a risk for an average reward based on how much to be paid, and how often he might play IMO.
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when Colon is good he's a great mauler, but too many penalties and too much time spent on injured reserve. That being said, if he's the weak link on the OL that's not too bad
I agree. Without Colon, we absolutely need to make a move to acquire a guard. But he's kind of expensive as a weak link, so this is surprising. I suppose that a pay cut could always happen later?

Maybe this is insurance in case they can't fill the position via the draft. Remember all the years they were willing to overpay for Starks (during his pre-productive period).
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Default Re: Willie Colon in Pittsburgh Steelers' plans, agent says

True, we've only got ten games out of this guy over the last seasons, yeah he is a mauler ( much better suited for RG in our offense IMO), and yep, prone to penalties, but we got a ton of bucks tied up in this kid. I still contend his ultimate fate will be determined if Cooper is available @ 17. We'll see.
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