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Willie Colon restructures deal

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The Steelers continue to-rework contracts of their veterans in an effort to find some cap space for 2012. The latest player to adjust his deal: tackle Willie Colon. $ 3.8 million of Colon’s $ 4.5 million salary was converted into a bonus that was prorated over the next four years of his contract. In most situations, Colon would…

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Steelers Restructure Colon’s Contract

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The Pittsburgh Steelers are facing some tough decisions as they work to get under the salary cap.

On Tuesday, they reduced the amount they are over the cap to about $ 8 million after restructuring offensive tackle Willie Colon’s contract.

According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the restructuring saves the Steelers $ 2.85 million against the cap.

The restructuring involved turning $ 3.8 million of Colon’s $ 4.5 million salary for the 2012 campaign into a bonus.

The bonus will be pro-rated over the remaining four years of the contract.

Colon has played in only one game over the last two seasons, but signed a five-year, $ 29 million deal in August.

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NFL scouting combine: Athletic, fast TEs are hard to find

Tight ends are having a dramatic impact on the NFL, but they are getting hard to find in college football because of the spread offense.

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2012 NFL Scouting Combine: Linebackers and Defensive Linemen Take the Stage

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The Combine continues plowing away (see what I did there?), and today's participants in the Underwear Olympics are the linebackers and the defensive linemen.

If the combination of offensive linemen and tight ends (Saturday) and the wide receivers and running backs (Sunday) was interesting, today will be downright riveting.

Lots of potential impact players will be identified today, and both figure to be priority positions for the Steelers in the upcoming draft.

We get to set our sights on a duo of inside/middle linebackers, Dont'a Hightower and Vontaze Burfict, as well as one hulking nose tackle from Memphis, Dontari Poe.

The Steelers are likely to speak with all three of these players, if they have not yet already done so. But more than anything, this is really the time to identify middle and later round picks.

You know the drill by now; if you see a guy you like, mention it in the comments, keep the discussion going. If there are some of interest to you, we've got our own Seton Hall and Steelers working to line up interviews to run in the very near future, so throw out some names, see if he can track them down.



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NFL Insider On Wallace: ‘Money Trumps Loyalty Every Time’

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The Fan) – NFL Insider for CBS Sports, Pat Kirwan joined the Fan Morning Show on Wednesday to talk about the Steelers’ current salary cap situation.

Talking about the amount of money that the Steelers are over the salary cap, Kirwan said that the Steelers “have got a long way to go to get to zero.” Names of players he thinks the Steelers should cut were: Hines Ward, James Farrior, and Casey Hampton.

The limited cap space causes a lot of concern over wide receiver, Mike Wallace. Kirwan tells the Fan Morning Show that he has great respect for Steelers’ General Manager, Kevin Colbert, but other teams (even within the AFC North) will be trying to bring in the Pro Bowl receiver for more money on an offer sheet than the Steelers will be able to match.

We also get his thoughts on how Antonio Brown has developed, and how the relationship between the established offensive players, and new Offensive Coordinator, Todd Haley, will work.

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Willie Colon the Latest to Restructure His Contract

The Steelers have restructured the contract of right tackle Willie Colon, reports Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Signed to a five-year, $ 29 million contract last July, Colon was due a $ 4.5 million base salary with a cap number of $ 5.7 million in 2012.

According to Bouchette, Colon’s base salary has been reduced to the league minimum ($ 700,000) with the remaining $ 3.8 million converted to a signing bonus that will be prorated over the remaining four seasons. Colon’s cap number for 2012 is now $ 2.85 million, a $ 2.85 million cap savings.

The Steelers cleared over $ 18 million of cap space with the releases of Arnaz Battle and Bryant McFadden and restructuring the contracts of LaMarr Woodley, Lawrence Timmons and Ike Taylor. The Steelers remain about $ 5-$ 6 million over the cap, so more work needs to be done before March 13.

Colon, 28, missed all of 2010 with an Achilles injury and only appeared in one game in 2011 after suffering a torn triceps in the season-opener. Colon is projected to open the 2012 season as the starting right tackle, with 2011 second-round pick Marcus Gilbert kicking over to the left side.

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Elway gives Tebow another endorsement as QB

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Denver Broncos vice president John Elway said he hopes Tim Tebow is the team's long-term solution at quarterback.

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NFL Combine: Inside linebacker would fill Steelers need

Vontaze Burfict might already have something in common with James Harrison.

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Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Free Agents Analysis: T Max Starks

The 2012 free agency period is getting ever so close so we will continue on with our player by player look at the Pittsburgh Steelers 2012 Free Agents. We are well into our analysis of the Steelers unrestricted free agents and now continue forward with that group by taking a look at tackle Max Starks. Check the links at the bottom of the post to see the other Steelers free agents that we have already covered, both restricted and unrestricted.

Player: Max Starks

Position: Left tackle

Experience: 8 Years

Free Agent Status: Unrestricted

2011 Salary Cap Hit: $ 2,619,000.00 ($ 2,000,000 Read more [...]

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Ward Pleads Guilty To Lesser Charge In DUI Case

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward has entered a plea in a Georgia courtroom stemming from a DUI arrest last year.

He was arrested on July 9, after a Dekalb County police officer said he saw Ward hit a curb and drive out of his lane.

Ward has reportedly pleaded guilty to a lesser count of reckless driving. The DUI charge was dropped.

Ward is facing a 12-month probation, 80 hours of community service and a $ 2,000 fine.

In a police report issued in July of 2011, police said Ward could not keep his balance, mixed up and omitted letters while reciting the alphabet and refused a breathalyzer test.

A portable reading showed a blood alcohol level of 0.128, but the test was not admissible in court.

Ward’s agent said in a statement: “By dropping the DUI charges, it is clear that the prosecution did not have sufficient evidence … Hines has always maintained that his ability to drive was in no way impaired.”

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