Report: Willie Colon Not Willing To Take A Pay-cut.

Jason La Canfora from the NFL Network reported on Thursday that Pittsburgh Steelers right tackle Willie Colon is not willing to take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh following another injury-marred season. Colon has fully recovered from his torn right triceps muscle that he suffered in the week 1 game against the Baltimore Ravens last season. In 2010 Colon injured his Achilles\’ tendon while working out in late June and it ultimately required surgery and forced him to miss the entire 2010 season as a result.

Prior to the start of the 2011 season Colon was an unrestricted agent and the Steelers signed him back to a five-year, $29 million contract after he received some interest from the Chicago Bears. Colon is scheduled to earn a base salary of $4.5 million in 2012 and count $5.7 million against the salary cap. The Steelers would only save $900K in cap money if they were to release Colon prior to June 1st and they currently do not have any experienced depth behind him outside of Jonathan Scott, who could end up a salary cap casualty himself.

If Colon indeed was asked to take a pay cut and declined, he could still be in line for a restructure, where a good portion of his base salary would be turned into a signing bonus and prorated out over the remaining 4 years of his contract. Turning $3.5 million of his 2012 base into a signing bonus would only save the Steelers $1.425 million in cap space however. So it seems likely it would be only done if they really got into a crunch.

  • Ron Jammes

    If i were Colon I wouldn’t take a cut either. The team needs him desparately, since Starks won’t be recovered from his ACL

  • steelhurtin

    Must be nice to earn a big pay check, and play in 1 game over the past 2 seasons.. He needs to find a way to stay healthy. He should have taken an pay cut.

  • Joe D

    Colon is in the perfect spot from a negotiation perspective…
    He doesn’t have to take a paycut because there is not much gain for steelers to cut him… although it would be a 900,000 cap savings, steelers would need to sign someone else that would cost at least 500,000.
    So, Colon is in the drivers seat!!!
    Can’t blame him… but he is another Smith in my opinon with injuries every year.

  • kevin

    He also took less to stay with the Steelers by a million or two, from what I read. I don’t blame him for not taking a pay cut since the Steelers can’t really cut him anyway.

  • Randy Steele

    Given he recent history with injuries, restructuring his contract could be risky. He could be out of the league in a couple years and the team would be stuck with a steaming pile of his dead money on their cap.

  • Rocknbubba

    i like colon but he has trouble making it out of preseason a fan of starks and would like to see him return for the fact that when he is out there big ben’s confidence goes sky high..he just looks much more comfortable out there when his best friend is watching his back..when he returned this season he became a elite QB again up until that dang browns game..but i understand there are to many cap issues right now,,
    p.s-my fingers are crossed for the return of ward..

  • Tom

    I wonder if Max Starks could play guard once he heals up? He’s still a good lineman, just lacks some quickness at times with fast rushers.

  • fire arians

    he was paid a lot of money to do jack for the last 2 years, he’s a good player when he’s not injured, but when has that been?

  • Fhsj

    lets put it this way willie, you take a cut or the guy that takes your place will play for less, i bet the bears are still interested. and maybe a few others, might bring a number 3 pick.

  • fire arians

    I don’t think we have a choice but to keep him on the roster and he knows it. we owe him too much guaranteed money this year for it to make any sense to cut him

  • Corybarbee

    I would be inclined to say take the hit and get rid of him but where we are right now let’s see if we can get at least 1 healthy year out of the guy. I know I’m not a coach but I can’t figure out why he isn’t playing guard…he’s an average tackle at best…

  • kevin

    I don’t get it. The guy was hurt doing his job. He wasn’t out screwing around. Anyone could have gotten hurt doing what he was doing. He is entitled to that money, but people still want to take it away from him. I guarantee most of these people would be demanding money if they were hurt on the job through worker’s compensation. Well, football has their own system set up to deal with it and in that system injured players get paid their contract or get a settlement.