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hawaiiansteel
01-27-2010, 08:21 PM
Lack of CBA leaves Steelers' Colon in limbo

By John Harris, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Steelers right tackle Willie Colon is a three-year starter who just completed his fourth NFL season. Under normal circumstances, Colon would be in line for a major payday this offseason as an unrestricted free agent.

He could have received a deal similar to the four-year, $26.3 million contract the Steelers gave left tackle Max Starks last year.

Instead, Colon will remain a restricted free agent if a new collective bargaining agreement between NFL management and players isn't reached by March and the 2010 season is played without a salary cap.

The absence of a salary cap next season would prevent 212 players from becoming unrestricted free agents. Colon is the only player on the Steelers who would be affected.

Colon, who would then require six years to become an unrestricted free agent, said he doesn't mind waiting his turn.

"I want to be a Pittsburgh Steeler for as long as I can," said Colon, a fourth-round draft pick in 2006 and the only member of the offensive line to start every game under coach Mike Tomlin. "This is the organization that sort of birthed me into the NFL. I have loyalty and I love everything about the city. I feel like everything will work out in the end."

Agent Joe Linta said he has never spoken with management regarding a new, multi-year contract for Colon. Linta believes the Steelers will sign Colon to a one-year restricted free agent tender in each of the next two seasons before determining whether to lock him up to a long-term deal.

There are four tender levels in which teams can re-sign their restricted free agents.

Last year, Colon signed a tender of $2.198 million, which would have entitled the Steelers to a first-round draft pick if Colon had signed with another team.

The Steelers will probably sign Colon to another first-round tender.

Restricted free agents are indeed restricted because they rarely sign with other teams.

Last year, none of the 55 restricted free agents changed teams.

This year's free agency period begins March 5.

"If he was in their long-term plans, they would be talking to him. They always redo a guy before he goes into his contract year. The fact that they don't initiate (talks) tells me he doesn't fit their plans," said Linta, who said he hopes to speak with Steelers negotiator Omar Khan about Colon during next month's NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

"On the other hand, there's no hard feelings. They have their reasons. They're playing by the rules. We have no problems with that at all, but that doesn't mean we have to like it."

Colon said any negotiations he may have with the Steelers will be business, not personal. He insists he won't allow the status of any negotiations, when and if they occur, to affect his performance.

"When it comes to my contract, all I can think about is having some type of stability and security for my family," said Colon, 26. "Whatever happens, happens. There's a lot of things I can't control. I don't like to bark at the upstairs people (in the front office). Joe does a great job as my agent. I let him handle that part. I'm more disappointed about not making the playoffs this year than not having talks about my contract."

Oviedo
01-28-2010, 09:01 AM
Reading this I now begin to wonder if the team can afford to resign Colon to a long term contract. If he is looking for something in the $6M per year range, which by all accounts he deserves, it may not exist in our budget.

We appear to be forced to divert that money to Hampton because we seemed compelled to stick with the 3-4 defense. If you look at the salaries you can dump there are any that would free up that kind of money. The probelm is evven worse when you look over the next couple of years that we will need to spend big bucks to keep Woodley and Holmes.

Things don't seem to be lining up favorably for Colon.

papillon
01-28-2010, 09:22 AM
Reading this I now begin to wonder if the team can afford to resign Colon to a long term contract. If he is looking for something in the $6M per year range, which by all accounts he deserves, it may not exist in our budget.

We appear to be forced to divert that money to Hampton because we seemed compelled to stick with the 3-4 defense. If you look at the salaries you can dump there are any that would free up that kind of money. The probelm is evven worse when you look over the next couple of years that we will need to spend big bucks to keep Woodley and Holmes.

Things don't seem to be lining up favorably for Colon.

There's no salary cap; even though the Steelers have said they plan on negotiating and making decisions as if there is a cap, the reality will settle in when other teams start spending money like drunken sailors in the red light district of Amsterdam. It will be interesting to see if the Steelers can actually stay the course while other teams are spending like crazy.

Pappy

Oviedo
01-28-2010, 09:41 AM
Reading this I now begin to wonder if the team can afford to resign Colon to a long term contract. If he is looking for something in the $6M per year range, which by all accounts he deserves, it may not exist in our budget.

We appear to be forced to divert that money to Hampton because we seemed compelled to stick with the 3-4 defense. If you look at the salaries you can dump there are any that would free up that kind of money. The probelm is evven worse when you look over the next couple of years that we will need to spend big bucks to keep Woodley and Holmes.

Things don't seem to be lining up favorably for Colon.

There's no salary cap; even though the Steelers have said they plan on negotiating and making decisions as if there is a cap, the reality will settle in when other teams start spending money like drunken sailors in the red light district of Amsterdam. It will be interesting to see if the Steelers can actually stay the course while other teams are spending like crazy.

Pappy

No cap in 2010 but you have to assume there will be one afterwards. Even if there isn't the Rooney's (and the NFL's stupid rule) have themselves at a disadvanatage by taking on the debt load for buying out the other brothers. This debt is a new, and potentially significant, outtake on dollars that previously could have stayed in the operating budget for them team. So even if there is no cap in the future the team has to spend money on something other than the team and salaries.

Keep in mind the Rooney's are not internet, oil or telecom billionaires. Their total income and wealth is the Steelers. Therefore they are unlikely to take reduced profit to pay their new debt. Guys like Snyder and Jones remain billionaires if they don't make a dime from their football operations. That's not the case with the Rooneys.

Long term that will hurt us as a franschise especially if there is no salary cap in the future.

papillon
01-28-2010, 10:49 AM
Reading this I now begin to wonder if the team can afford to resign Colon to a long term contract. If he is looking for something in the $6M per year range, which by all accounts he deserves, it may not exist in our budget.

We appear to be forced to divert that money to Hampton because we seemed compelled to stick with the 3-4 defense. If you look at the salaries you can dump there are any that would free up that kind of money. The probelm is evven worse when you look over the next couple of years that we will need to spend big bucks to keep Woodley and Holmes.

Things don't seem to be lining up favorably for Colon.

There's no salary cap; even though the Steelers have said they plan on negotiating and making decisions as if there is a cap, the reality will settle in when other teams start spending money like drunken sailors in the red light district of Amsterdam. It will be interesting to see if the Steelers can actually stay the course while other teams are spending like crazy.

Pappy

No cap in 2010 but you have to assume there will be one afterwards. Even if there isn't the Rooney's (and the NFL's stupid rule) have themselves at a disadvanatage by taking on the debt load for buying out the other brothers. This debt is a new, and potentially significant, outtake on dollars that previously could have stayed in the operating budget for them team. So even if there is no cap in the future the team has to spend money on something other than the team and salaries.

Keep in mind the Rooney's are not internet, oil or telecom billionaires. Their total income and wealth is the Steelers. Therefore they are unlikely to take reduced profit to pay their new debt. Guys like Snyder and Jones remain billionaires if they don't make a dime from their football operations. That's not the case with the Rooneys.

Long term that will hurt us as a franschise especially if there is no salary cap in the future.

I hope they can stay the course and weather the storm of this upcoming uncapped year. Ridiculous amounts of money are going to be handed to free agents starting March 5th; the Steelers are going to be at a disadvantage as you mentioed due to the new debt load. Of course, a few of the investors are extremely wealthy men outside of football, so, they may have to be more than passive owners when it comes to the finances of the team.

Pappy

RuthlessBurgher
01-28-2010, 11:15 AM
There aren't going to be as many quality free agents hitting the market this year, though, so I'm not sure where all of this free-spending madness will go. I think it is in the neighborhood or 200-something guys just entering the prime of their careers that would have been eligible for unrestricted free agents this year, but will now be restricted since they will not have 6 accrued seasons (instead of the 4 seasons which usually qualified you for unrestricted free agency). I think pickins will be slim out there.

Oviedo
01-28-2010, 11:28 AM
Reading this I now begin to wonder if the team can afford to resign Colon to a long term contract. If he is looking for something in the $6M per year range, which by all accounts he deserves, it may not exist in our budget.

We appear to be forced to divert that money to Hampton because we seemed compelled to stick with the 3-4 defense. If you look at the salaries you can dump there are any that would free up that kind of money. The probelm is evven worse when you look over the next couple of years that we will need to spend big bucks to keep Woodley and Holmes.

Things don't seem to be lining up favorably for Colon.

There's no salary cap; even though the Steelers have said they plan on negotiating and making decisions as if there is a cap, the reality will settle in when other teams start spending money like drunken sailors in the red light district of Amsterdam. It will be interesting to see if the Steelers can actually stay the course while other teams are spending like crazy.

Pappy

No cap in 2010 but you have to assume there will be one afterwards. Even if there isn't the Rooney's (and the NFL's stupid rule) have themselves at a disadvanatage by taking on the debt load for buying out the other brothers. This debt is a new, and potentially significant, outtake on dollars that previously could have stayed in the operating budget for them team. So even if there is no cap in the future the team has to spend money on something other than the team and salaries.

Keep in mind the Rooney's are not internet, oil or telecom billionaires. Their total income and wealth is the Steelers. Therefore they are unlikely to take reduced profit to pay their new debt. Guys like Snyder and Jones remain billionaires if they don't make a dime from their football operations. That's not the case with the Rooneys.

Long term that will hurt us as a franschise especially if there is no salary cap in the future.

I hope they can stay the course and weather the storm of this upcoming uncapped year. Ridiculous amounts of money are going to be handed to free agents starting March 5th; the Steelers are going to be at a disadvantage as you mentioed due to the new debt load. Of course, a few of the investors are extremely wealthy men outside of football, so, they may have to be more than passive owners when it comes to the finances of the team.

Pappy

I hoping that when the Rooney's sold portions of the team to these other investors that the new money was used to pay off debt, loans, etc. I'm sure however this team now has more debt than they ever had before which is never good in personal finance or business finance.

hawaiiansteel
01-28-2010, 02:51 PM
I actually like Willie Colon more after reading this article, he certainly is saying all the right things. His agent is probably right though, we'll probably tag Colon for the next two years.

SanAntonioSteelerFan
01-28-2010, 11:51 PM
Man, the title of this thread made me it was about some gastrointestinal misfortune :Boobs

hawaiiansteel
01-29-2010, 12:54 AM
Man, the title of this thread made me it was about some gastrointestinal misfortune :Boobs



yeah, don't you just hate when your colon is in limbo? :lol:

hawaiiansteel
01-29-2010, 03:05 AM
Wilfork says playing in Florida would be "a dream come true"

Posted by Mike Florio on January 28, 2010 10:04 PM ET

Patriots nose tackle Vince Wilfork launched earlier this week a campaign to get paid by the team for which he has played six seasons -- or to sign with a new team.

He made his case to WEEI, and now the former Miami Hurricane has told Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that playing in Florida would be a "dream come true."

"I love great weather," Wilfork said. "I love football. It doesn't matter where I play. I just want to have security for my family. I would love to stay in New England if I had the chance. I love New England because of my teammates, my family. My son, the friends and connections we've made up there, it's some great people up there. But if it doesn't work out I'll weigh my options I tell you that."

Wilfork has said that he doesn't want the Patriots to use the franchise tag to retain his rights. But it's not really Wilfork's choice. Under the labor deal, the teams have the right to apply the franchise tag to one unrestricted free agent per year. And no amount of pissing or moaning by the player can change that.



Casey Hampton, you and your agent should read this...