Report: Steelers Expected To Release G Willie Colon Wednesday With Post June 1st Designation

According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to release guard Willie Colon on Wednesday and designate him as a post June 1st release.

The release, which I have speculated would happen for some time now, would clear $5.5 million in cap space come June 2. The Steelers would be required to carry his full cap hit of $7.65 million until that date, however.

The release of Colon, who is reportedly still rehabbing from knee surgery, would give him an opportunity to field offers from other teams immediately while he finishes his rehab.

Colon made the move last off-season from right tackle to left guard after missing all but the first regular season game of the 2011 season after tearing his triceps in the season opener against the Baltimore Ravens.

The Steelers gave Colon a five year, $29 million contract in 2011 after the lockout ended. He has played in just 11 games over the course of the last three seasons due to injuries.

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  • mokhkw

    Not surprised at all by this news, just thought it would be a post-draft one or a restructure would have taken place. I can’t see Colon getting much of a deal in FA given his injury history the past 3 years.

    Gotta give kudos to Steelers Depot for the great coverage of the 1st day of FA. Thanks to all concerned.

  • disqus_wdLdx4W76r

    Bye Bye to the Bronx Bully..

  • gsherin

    That should reduce our penalty count per game by 2 or 3 without him.

  • HarryBackside

    Same here. I figured the Steelers would evaluate the situation based on how the draft went, then make a decision later. So far, it doesn’t sound like he was asked to take a pay cut.

  • HarryBackside

    The Steelers didn’t wait for the draft or ask Willie to take a pay cut? It sounds like they just lost all confidence in his ability to stay healthy.

  • SteelerDave

    In a way, I am sad for Willie. Had it not been for injury after injury he did have all the talent to of been a pro bowler consistently. He has an on field mean streak which will be missed.

  • NW86

    It’s unfortunate that this move, along with all the restructures, will put the Steelers in a difficult cap position again next year, but this move was really a necessity if he wasn’t willing to take a major pay cut. Now they have whatever room they currently have under the cap to try for K. Lewis or another free agent or two, then they’ll have the extra $5.5M in June to sign the draft class. At least they got Harrison off the books this year so they won’t have any dead money from his contract in 2014.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He always showed good potential…just couldnt stay healthy…wish him all the luck.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Dave…by doing this could it then be possible that we “trade, give away” Colon to the team with the interest and then get the cap space?

  • steeltown

    Exactly.. Harrison gone, Colon and his bloated contract gone (with 2014 dead money) plus next offseason Clark and Keisel will be gone, also you could possibly see Ike Taylor released in 2014, unless they fail to lock up K.Lewis.. thats 4-5 of the top paid players on the current roster

    Of course we have to keep in mind that Pouncey, Hood and possibly K.Lewis, McLendon and Worilds could all have new deals by then, BUT I expect the first 1-2yrs of the their respective deals to be cap friendly

    In the end we overpaid to keep our SuperBowl Team together for another run, then we restructured them all twice over… soon those back ended contracts will be gone

  • steeltown

    $5.5MIL.. oh yea more than enough to sign the rookie draft class

  • steeltown

    I think once Foster was signed this was inevitable..add the fact that DeCastro is healthy, Beachum played well at the end of last season and that they’ll probably draft OL at some point. Atleast this way he can ‘try’ and find a new Team during FA

    They gave him numerous chances, but 3yrs on IR = no paycut, no restructure