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What it ultimately does, though, is completely transform the Steelers offensive line, which is probably overdue at this point.
The Game of Musical Linemen Continues
The Steelers led the NFL in offensive line combinations last season (I saw there were 22 variations of five linemen, both starting and in-game replacements), and 2012 will add a 23rd different group.
The team informed Marcus Gilbert he'll play left tackle this season, and told Colon he'll play left guard. C Maurkice Pouncey will stay where he is, and rookie David DeCastro will play right guard. That leaves Jonathan Scott and rookie Mike Adams vying for right tackle.
Or does it?
It wouldn't be a Steelers offensive line without some speculation. Granted, the Steelers made the determination on Gilbert before the draft or free agency, suggesting they were pretty much convinced that was the direction they want to go in. But with nearly a full year of experience on the right side, the argument could be made having a veteran next to him it would help transition DeCastro to the NFL.
In that case, why not put Scott there?
If I were a betting man, I'd say Scott will open training camp at right tackle. Bets are off after that. I don't feel comfortable with making any bolder a prediction, but it seems too rosy to me to suggest the right tackle job is Adams' to lose right now. It was obvious to anyone watching Pouncey was a better player than Justin Hartwig, but it was still the veteran's job when the first preseason game rolled around.
I don't see the sense in just giving a rookie a job, even if the veteran is not exactly a world-beater. Then again, I (like most of everyone else) already penciled DeCastro in at right guard.
What about Max Starks?
What about him? We've speculated often about RB Rashard Mendenhall not making it back in time for training camp and probably not for the beginning part of the season. NT Casey Hampton as well. Starks falls between the two of them in terms of weight and age, and has the same injury. Certainly, less likely things have happened, but the difference is Hampton and Mendenhall are currently under contract. The Steelers don't have a ton of cap room, and cutting Scott doesn't save them any. Bringing Starks in to back up both tackle positions seems unlikely, at least for the earlier part of the year.
If Scott shows he's unable to handle a starting job, should he be thrust into one at some point, or has a poor training camp, then it's a different story. For now, the better option is to let Starks rehab and let Scott and Adams duke it out on their own.
They'll have Starks' number handy though, just in case.
Have we forgotten Colon's injury history?
If Colon has another set-back, it appears the job would be Doug Legursky's to lose. He won over offensive line coach Sean Kugler last season, and had earned time when Chris Kemoeatu was both injured and a healthy scratch.
Obviously, we're pulling for Colon, but we pulled for him last year, too. Injuries happen, and you don't really want to see anyone get hurt (I don't, at least, and judging from the comments yesterday, many won't agree with me). But that's the big X-factor here. All of this is for naught if something else happens to him.
Going into OTAs, though, the spotlight will be on Colon and his long-whispered move to the inside.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain
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.
Source: CBS Pittsburgh » Steelers
The Steelers removed $ 2.85 million off the salary cap by converting $ 3.8 million of Willie Colon's salary for 2012 into a bonus.
Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
News broke out Tuesday morning of OT Willie Colon's willingness to prorate $ 3.8 million of the $ 4.5 million he's owed in 2012 over the remaining four years of his deal. Saving the team another $ 2.85 million against its 2012 salary cap is good progress, but there's still $ 5-6 million to go, according to Football Outsider writer Brian McIntyre.
The total savings created so far this off-season through player releases and contract restructures is around $ 18 million - but freeing up $ 5-6 million more would only reach the estimated 2012 salary cap. The total savings figure the Steelers are aiming for will include all restricted free agent tenders, rookie contracts and a cash fund for in-season transactions.
And all of that is before a possible franchise tag for WR Mike Wallace. With that looming as a possibility, the Steelers still have a lot of work to do to get to the cap point they'll need to field the strongest team they can.
Reports have circulated that QB Ben Roethlisberger and OLB James Harrison are in discussions for contract restructures as well. Roethlisberger seems the most likely, considering how often he's stated his desire to win ahead of individual accolades. If that's the case, he'd help his team's cause by having the Steelers tack on another year or two to his current deal, and then spreading money from this season across the full duration just like the other restructures.
Harrison may be a tougher bet, considering he restructured last season. But incidentally, restructuring did make his one-game suspension cost far less than it would have been otherwise.
The top 51 contracts on each team must be below the salary cap by 4 p.m. ET March 13. This may go down to the wire, but it seems like the Steelers have a plan in place and are sticking to it.
Source: Behind the Steel Curtain