Director of football operations Kevin Colbert met with linebacker LaMarr Woodley,
tackle Willie Colon, cornerback Ike Taylor and kicker Jeff Reed separately to tell them the team won’t discuss contract extensions any more this year, according to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Woodley in particular had a “long chat” with Colbert over lunch. The outside linebacker probably gets the most personal treatment because he’s the most important player on the list. Reed was vocal in his bitterness to start camp, which perhaps inspired the Steelers to clearly state their intentions.
“I’m not going to have no contract on my mind out there while I’m
playing football,” Woodley said. “If I have contract on my mind, I’m going to get
knocked upside my head and I can’t go out and help this team win.”
Hines Ward surprisingly identifies with the viewpoint of the team.
“Some guys are going to be mad. But how can you sign somebody if there’s
going to be a lockout next year? How do you determine a long-term
contract?” Ward asked.