Colon Wants To Stay With Steelers, Not Totally Opposed To Playing Guard
Steelers tackle Willie Colon was on Sirius NFL Radio this morning and told host Ross Tucker that he still wants to play for the Steelers even though they\’ve passed up multiple opportunities to extend his contract. Colon told Tucker, “The Steelers do things their own way, and I\’m not worried about the money. I just like being a mean SOB on Sundays.” Colon went on to also say, “I\’m chasing Super Bowl rings, not wedding rings.”
The way the new CBA is shaping up, it looks almost certain that Colon will finally get his chance to become an unrestricted free agent after missing out on being unrestricted last offseason due to the special free agency rules put into place because no CBA was in place. Colon was tendered and signed a one year deal last offseason as a restricted free agent, but tore his Achilles prior to the start of training camp. Colon was subsequently placed on injured reserve and was lost for the year.
Colon reportedly is now recovered and many have speculated he could be asked to move from tackle to guard should he some how re-sign with the Steelers and Flozell Adams also returns. Adams was signed last offseason to a two year contract after Colon was injured to play right tackle. Adams has said he wants to return if he can start, but also will cost 5 million in 2011 unless he restructures his deal. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reported back in early May that if Colon is back with the Steelers in 2011, that he will not be moving to guard. Dulac continued on to say that the Steelers will have cheerleaders on the sideline at Heinz Field, before Colon is moved to guard in this offense.
Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review tweeted this evening that he talked to Colon today as well and Colon said he is not opposed to playing guard, but his heart is at right tackle. Colon also told Brown that he is in a similar situation as Steelers unrestricted free agent cornerback Ike Taylor. He would love to stay but knows his decision to do so will be a business one too.