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Colon’s Agent Not Expecting to Hear From the Steelers About Him Coming Back

Willie Colon will be one of the Steelers’ 14 unrestricted free agents once the NFL lockout is over but Colon’s agent doesn’t expect to hear from the Steelers after it is over.

“They haven’t called about Willie in three years,” agent Joe Linta told Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m not expecting them to call because they haven’t yet. That’s the way they do business, and that’s fine. But if they do call we’ll pick up the phone.”

“He loves the team and love the city,” Linta said. “But they have to want him, and they haven’t shown that yet.”

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  2. Jay

    June 30, 2011 at 3:07 pm

    I have ambivalence on this subject. Three years ago I would’ve been singing the praises of the Steelers to get rid of him. But guess what, he’s improved into a decent RT and could even be a better RG/LG. I guess it makes dollars and sense but our o line is shaky to being with. BB is not a spring chicken any longer and Willie might be, outside of Pouncey, our best o lineman. If for no other reason than by default; is Starks better? Not sure, that one is arguable. What about fatmoeateua? His fat ass couldn’t even keep a second rate (equally fat ass) d-lineman (Howard Green) from pushing him back into backfield in the SB last year which was why BB threw the pik six! I’m still pissed at him for that! Is Foster better? Resounding NO! What about Flozell? Perhaps. I guess I just don’t know why they tied up Chris K to that extension (esp. when everyone knew the Jets wanted him–should let them have him) or even Max if you knew you’d have trouble signing Willie?! Maybe there’s character issues there or something. I hope they use the potentially freed up cap space to land someone in FA or something, or at least lock up Taylor!

  3. Jay

    June 30, 2011 at 3:11 pm

    P.S. The Philadelphia Eagles will jump all over Colon if we don’t resign him! He would be a HUGE upgrade over Winston Justice and, with the (old) rook they took at RG, getting Jamal Jackson back at Center, Herremans, one of the best LG’s in the league, and Jason Peters, They will once again have a great O-Line! *&^%$#@ Eagles!!!!!!

  4. DrGeorge

    June 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Unless Marcus Gilbert or Keith Williams is more advanced than we’ve been told and able to step in, like Pouncey, the Steelers could use Colon, especially at Guard. But as I understand the current labor situation, the Steelers are not allowed to talk to him or his agent. So this sounds like an agent trying to stir the pot, not a lack of action by the Steelers.

    I agree with Jay about Kemo’s inconsistency, but who do we have that is better? I would cut Foster some slack. He was a rookie last year, and over the course of the season, he filled in adequately at guard and tackle on both sides of the line. You have to be pretty talented to do that. He has some technique issues to address, but he proved to be a good acquisition. Starks will return, and we still haven’t seen Chris Scott play because of his injury. We may have greater depth than expected.

    Coach Sean Kugler did a great job with the O-line last year, despite all the injuries. Ben did receive better protection toward the end of the season, and the running game also improved. Kugler deserves credit for that turnaround. If Kugler can keep the starting line healthy, he will make this unit one of the best in the NFL. After all, we won our last two Super Bowls and came very close to winning it again last year with only an average O-line all three years. It wouldn’t take much improvement to put our O-line on a par with the best. And we are only one ‘freak of nature’ Left Tackle away from having a dominating O-line again.

    • DrGeorge

      July 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

      I’ve had another thought on the Colon re-signing issue: it may have more to do with judgment than football. From all reports, Colon was the guy guarding the door and preventing others from going into the bathroom at that infamous bar in Georgia the night Ben became a poster child for Hormonal Indiscretion. Rather than being a voice of reason and restraint, Willie was an enabler. The Steelers’ brass aren’t likely to forget a lapse like that. It may well factor into their decision on whether to re-sign Willie.

  5. jay

    July 2, 2011 at 7:33 pm

    That’s actually what I was referring to, Doc, when I said, “maybe there’s character issues there or something.”

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