Kevin Colbert: We want to stay the course with our own guys

AP

Linebacker James Harrison isn’t the only member of the Steelers with an expiring contract that the team would like to have back for the 2016 season.

General Manager Kevin Colbert said Tuesday that the Steelers are in “pretty good” shape under the cap in relation to previous seasons and that there won’t need to be big changes to the roster in order to get the cap in shape for free agency. Once March 9 does arrive, Colbert says that the Steelers will stick to their usual script and focus on keeping players already on their roster.

“We want to stay the course, as best we can, with our own guys,” Colbert said, via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “If there is a guy on the outside who makes us better, we’ll plug him in. But our big play is keeping our own.”

The secondary is one area where the Steelers have several players set for free agency. Cornerbacks William Gay, Antwon Blake and Brandon Boykin and safeties Will Allen and Robert Golden can all hit the open market. Colbert said the team will give consideration to bringing all of them back while tackle Kelvin Beachum, defensive tackle Steve McLendon and guard Ramon Foster round out the group of impending free agents on Pittsburgh’s roster.

9 responses to “Kevin Colbert: We want to stay the course with our own guys

  1. What a dumpster fire. Lucky for them they play in a division with the reborn AND aborted Cleveland Browns as well as a team coached by Marvin Lewis.

  2. Secondary remains this team’s greatest weakness overall. There is not doubt there. The Steelers truly NEED a legit Number 1 CB in the fold and it’s been far too long since they’ve addressed that need.

    Blake was burnt more times than can be counted. Boykin? Would have liked to see more, but why should he resign given what he went through trying to get on the field?

    In the last 10 years, the Steelers have taken a total of 7 CBs in round 4 or higher including ZERO in Round 1 and only 2 in Round 2. This kind of neglect is why they finished 30th in the League in passing yards against per game.

  3. While Beachum has done a great job, it’ll be interesting to see which way the Steelers go regarding his free agency. Villanueva did a very solid job in his absence and will cost a ton less. That can free up money for other players like Foster.

    And with Foster, the clear cut leader of the Oline, being up for free agency too, it seems that the Steelers would be better off spending their money on Ramon. (and yes, with Pouncey’s injuries, Foster IS the leader of that Oline.)

  4. This is great news. Steelers were powerless against the Ravens, never should have been in the playoffs, and only got one non-legit PO win by employing a strategy of sending coaches out on the field to attack players and draw penalties. You want to see a legit PO win, check out the WC beat down at Heinz Field. And that’s the Steeler team Colbert want to keep? Hilarious but I’ll take it! LOL

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