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fordfixer
07-31-2011, 02:17 AM
Steelers' Colon happy to be 'home'
By Andrew Chiappazzi Times Sports Correspondent
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Posted: Saturday, July 30, 2011 11:45 pm | Updated: 12:05 am, Sun Jul 31, 2011.

By Andrew Chiappazzi Times Sports Correspondent | 0 comments

?LATROBE — There are many more steps that Willie Colon must take on his way back from a torn Achilles tendon before he’s completely in-step with his teammates.

But the most unpleasant one in Colon’s mind is out of the way, and the echo from the sigh of relief he must have emitted when it was completed still seems to reverberate around the St. Vincent campus. Colon signed a five-year, $29 million deal on Thursday, a process Colon said he was pleased was over.

“I don’t like the negotiating process, but I’m happy,” he said. “I’m here with my guys. I’m here with my coach. This is home for me so I’m happy.”

Chicago wanted Colon as a guard and put more money in front of him, but that wasn’t enough to pull him away from the Steelers.

“It didn’t bother me, so to speak,” Colon said about the potential position switch. “This is my family. This is my home. I never had money when I started. Money wasn’t going to make my career.”

That didn’t make the negotiating process any easier, especially considering it came during a truncated off-season following the prolonged lockout. The process ramped up anxiety as players and management try to make decisions in the span of a few days that would normally take weeks or even months.

It also led to some bittersweet moments for the close-knit veterans on the line. While Colon was happy to get a new deal, friends and linemates Max Starks and Flozell Adams were released. Starks and Colon talked before and after the personnel moves that resulted in Colon’s five-year deal and Starks being shown the door.

“It was weird to say the least. But at the same time, I knew there were going to some hard decisions they were going to have to make to keep me here,” Colon said. “I feel humbled by everything. At the end of the day, it was tough for everybody because of the whole CBA thing. A lot of things were put on the bubble and had to make decisions real fast that in the past they’d have five months.”

Colon will have to wait to finish the final portion of his return from last year’s season ending injury. Veteran free agent signees, even those who re-signed with their team from last year, aren’t allowed to practice until next Thursday. That means Colon and Jonathan Scott won’t work at their expected tackle spots for almost the entire first week of training camp, postponing an early look at who the Steelers will likely start up front in the season opener.

But Colon said with injuries playing a major factor over the course of a regular season, the flexibility of the line and early work for other players can only help.

“The guys that start the season are never the guys that finish the season,” he said. “You have to have guys who can fill in and get it done and play at a high level, and we’ve got a lot of guys that can do that.”

And in the meantime, Colon will continue to work and soak up the love he said he’s felt since coming back “home.”

“Coming in after getting everything signed and everything kind of committed, walking in and seeing everyone give me hugs, that was enough appreciation for me,” he said. “I don’t need anything else but that.”

Shawn
07-31-2011, 03:13 AM
6 mill a year for an average RT with a blown achilles? I didn't see that one coming.

steelblood
07-31-2011, 07:52 PM
6 mill a year for an average RT with a blown achilles? I didn't see that one coming.

I think colon could be an all pro guard. I'm not sure why we keep running him out there at RT. The achilles thing is scary.

Shawn
08-02-2011, 03:49 PM
6 mill a year for an average RT with a blown achilles? I didn't see that one coming.

I think colon could be an all pro guard. I'm not sure why we keep running him out there at RT. The achilles thing is scary.

There are quite a few players who are never the same after that kind of injury. I would assume the Steelers are moving towards youth on the OL...and that Colon must have checked out from a health stand point.

hawaiiansteel
08-02-2011, 04:28 PM
welcome back home Willie... :tt2

http://www.nydailynews.com/img/2010/03/10/450x375-alg_steelers.jpg

Steelgal
08-02-2011, 04:28 PM
Gerry: Adams, not Starks, could be re-signed


Tuesday, 02 August 2011 13:08
Written by Gerry Dulac





The Steelers might bring back one of the tackles they cut, but it won’t be Max Starks.

It appears the team has little interest in re-signing Starks, who had been their starting left tackle, because he is overweight and out of shape. It is more likely they will re-sign right tackle Flozell Adams if he doesn’t sign with another team.

If they do, it is possible they will move right tackle Willie Colon to right guard – something they have been reluctant to do because of their style of offense. But, with more teams in the AFC North playing a 4-3 defensive front, the coaches think Colon’s skills as a run blocker would be better served to help cover the defensive tackle.

Adams had one year remaining on a two-year, $10 million contract he signed before the 2010 season. But the team released him when they re-signed Colon because Adams said he wanted to be a starter, not a backup.

flippy
08-02-2011, 04:33 PM
Gerry: Adams, not Starks, could be re-signed


Tuesday, 02 August 2011 13:08
Written by Gerry Dulac





The Steelers might bring back one of the tackles they cut, but it won’t be Max Starks.

It appears the team has little interest in re-signing Starks, who had been their starting left tackle, because he is overweight and out of shape. It is more likely they will re-sign right tackle Flozell Adams if he doesn’t sign with another team.

If they do, it is possible they will move right tackle Willie Colon to right guard – something they have been reluctant to do because of their style of offense. But, with more teams in the AFC North playing a 4-3 defensive front, the coaches think Colon’s skills as a run blocker would be better served to help cover the defensive tackle.

Adams had one year remaining on a two-year, $10 million contract he signed before the 2010 season. But the team released him when they re-signed Colon because Adams said he wanted to be a starter, not a backup.

A lot of folks have been suggesting Colon at G for a long time. Does this just get legs now because the Bears wanted to turn him into a G?

Colon and Adams could be a heck of a duo on the right side.

I also don't get this Starks was out of shape argument. He had a flipping neck problem. How's he supposed to work out and stay in top shape? I kinda feel like he got a raw deal here.

hawaiiansteel
08-02-2011, 05:30 PM
Wait, What? Dulac Says Colon Could Move to Guard?

Posted on August 2, 2011 by ryan


I don’t want to be that guy but … well, I’m gonna be that guy. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette‘s Gerry Dulac has been quite clear in recent months that Willie Colon IS NOT MOVING TO GUARD. First, some background.

Here’s what Dulac wrote in May:

More importantly, the move of Colon to guard isn’t going to happen, not now, not at any point as long as Bruce Arians is the offensive coordinator.

This misguided notion that Colon can or might play guard is rooted solely in his body type – specifically, that his short arms make it difficult for him to play tackle and make it more conducive to play guard, where you don’t have to reach for outside pass rushers.

It has nothing to do with the obvious reason – that Colon does not run well enough to play the position. I mean, in the five years Colon has been with the team, he has never received even so much as a single snap in practice at guard – not one!

The move is not going to happen. Cheerleaders on the sideline at Heinz Field will occur before Colon is moved to guard in this offense.

In late June, the Tribune-Review‘s Scott Brown wrote that “Coach Mike Tomlin and offensive line coach Sean Kugler have said they are open to the possibility of Colon playing guard in 2011.”

Which led me to write a few days later:

“So Tomlin and Kugler have stated publicly that they’re not against the move and BA, according to Dulac, is. Make of this what you will (My guess: Arians told Dulac it wouldn’t happen and Dulac believes him. Doesn’t mean it’s gospel, although it becomes moot if the Steelers aren’t making any real efforts to re-sign Colon. Which might also explain Dulac’s steadfast refusal to even consider it a possibility. Like most everybody not named Gerry, I remain skeptical.)”

So it’s with a ****-eating grin on my face that I read this from Dulac today (courtesy of Steeler Bill — yes, I’m naming names):

It appears the team has little interest in re-signing Starks, who had been their starting left tackle, because he is overweight and out of shape. It is more likely they will re-sign right tackle Flozell Adams if he doesn’t sign with another team.

If they do, it is possible they will move right tackle Willie Colon to right guard – something they have been reluctant to do because of their style of offense. But, with more teams in the AFC North playing a 4-3 defensive front, the coaches think Colon’s skills as a run blocker would be better served to help cover the defensive tackle.

Any other day and the big news is that the Steelers have more interest in Flozell than Max. Clearly, that takes a backseat because Dulac also drops the “ohbtwcolonmightplayguardeventhoughtheoffensesaysh eshouldn’t — NOTHINGTOSEEHEREMOVEONTHXVMUCH!” on us. If there’s an unintentional comedy scale, he just broke it.

With that out of the way, the real story is that an offensive line featuring Scott, Kemo, Maurkice, Willie and Flozell is a marked improvement over Scott, Kemo, Maurkice, Ramon and Willie. Now if there’s a way for Gilbert or Scott or Williams to win the left guard gig (or, hell, as long as we’re hoping against hope, let’s have Gilbert win the LT gig), then we’ll be onto something.

Either way, thanks for the laugh, Gerry.

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