Report: Steelers Have Not Asked Willie Colon To Take Cut In Pay

It appears as if the Pittsburgh Steelers are not planning to do anything with the contract of guard Willie Colon.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette  reported on Wednesday that Joe Linta, Colon\’s agent, says the Steelers have not asked for a reduction of the $5.5 million base salary that his client is scheduled to earn in 2013.

The only question that remains now, is whether or not Colon is on still on the roster by the time training camp rolls around?

The Steelers only stand to save $1.2 million in cap space, minus displacement in the Rule of 51, should they release Colon now. They could release him at any time with a post June 1st designation and save $5.5 million in cap space come June 2nd. A move like that, however, would create a $4.3 million dead money charge in 2014.

Colon, who is currently still recovering from knee surgery, will turn 30 in April and has only played in 12 games over the course of the last three seasons after not missing any time prior to that. Keeping Colon at his current number in 2013 would mean that the Steelers expect him to be their starting left guard in 2013.

Should we read too much into the news that Colon will not have his contract messed with? I don\’t think so, as I don\’t find it overly surprising. The focal point all off-season has been whether or not he will be on the roster come the time the team reports to Latrobe. If they think that he can stay healthy and play a full season, he likely will be. If they don\’t, he will be released at some point.

  • steeltown

    Ha! Of course not.. why would they ask him to take a paycut if they ultimately plan to release him?

    Two things could happen here.. They plan on releasing him June 2nd and moving forward with Beachum and a draft pick that still remains to be named… OR… they dont land an OG in the draft AND Beachum is not in their plans for LG.. and ultimately Colon starts at in 2013

    Me personally, I think they already have plans of releasing him with the post June 1st designation and the money that is saved is used to sign the rookie draft class….. but I could be wrong

  • Jollyrob68

    That’s a Great point. His savings in June helps sign the rookie class

  • JohnnyV1

    Isn’t there some new clause in the CBA that says a team can terminate a player early in the league year, but it won’t be official until June so the team can spread the cap hit out over two years? And the player can negotiate w/ other teams. I thought I read that somewhere.

  • steepens

    it makes sense to evaluate him after June 1st, providing another few months to monitor his recovery from injury. but if his recovery is going well, I would think the Steelers would consider keeping him. he is effective when healthy, and they would avoid the dead money charge in 2014.

  • steeltown

    Steep! While I agree there are alot of variables, including his rehab and the upcoming draft, keeping him at his current salary would be ridiculous… I guess theyre stuck between a rock and a hard place as they have been with Colon since giving him that ill-advised contract

  • SteelersDepot

    been a rule for a while as I pointed out in the post. They could cut him today with a post June 1st designation, but they will not get the savings until June 2nd.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    At this point it makes sense to hold onto him until you need his cap space and you know that the player you are bringing in can replace him.

  • Mikey Hoje

    Dave, why would Decastro drafted as top rated LG be playing RG in NFL and a swing man low rounder, Beachum plays Left side? Perplexed in Cali…

  • zyzak

    Can he fit the predominately zone system? H either can or he can’t

  • NW86

    Something has got to give soon. My guess: they’re waiting to see what happens with Ramon Foster on the free agency market. If he doesn’t garner much interest and they can get him back on a modest deal, they release Willie and sign Foster in the same day. If Foster gets away, they keep Willie for one more year at his current cap number, and hope he can stay healthy.
    Either way, they probably draft a guard in the middle rounds of the draft for depth for 2013, and to compete for a starting job in 2014.

  • walter mason

    DeCastro was a RG in college and can pull to the left. They dont want to move him.

  • dgh57

    My guess is they didn’t ask him to take a pay cut now because they are now under the salary cap therefore they don’t need to at this time. Other teams may construe a pay cut now as their plans on drafting a OG in the 1st rd. A pay cut now may tell other teams that they plan on making Colon a backup and therefore they need a starting OG. There’s plenty of time to determine what to do with W. Colon! But if a Cooper or Warmack is drafted the writing is on the wall for Mr. Colon and everyone else!

  • steeltown

    Could very well be

  • Cody Younkin

    Dammit guys! just take care of these problems, let Wallace and Mendenhall walk (and kick them in the ass on the way out) release Colon, sign Foster and Lewis, Draft some good young players, and dont be afraid to let them play!!!! Dont be afraid to part ways with verterans!!!

  • steeltown

    Yes but they also need to sign their restricted free agents which will put them back over cap, if Harrison is not willing to take a paycut then Colon is the other obvious candidate.. but that apparently hasnt even been discussed

    But, I agree landing Cooper or Warmack will all but seal the deal.. or unseal the deal ha!

  • steeltown

    I doubt it… I can only imagine the number of false starts and holding penalties that he would accumulate, especially considering you have to have sound technique in a zone scheme while sustaining blocks on the move…. Colon is a man blocking/bull rush guy not a technique guy

  • StarSpangledSteeler

    That pretty much sums up my feelings exactly. It would be stupid to release him now. Use his post June 1st saving to pay for our rookie pool. Eat the hit next year.

  • dgh57

    Yes the Steelers may be thinking they may be clearing some more room with the release of Harrison if he doesn’t except a paycut, therefore more room to resign the RFAs. Maybe they are waiting until the decision with Harrison is made before they ask Colon to take a paycut.

  • mokhkw

    Reading between the lines of Colbert’s comments about Colon’s injury last season not being “structual” I would believe that he’ll be the starting LG for the Steelers in ’13. That also means that it’s unlikely they use a 1st on a OG in this years Draft and more likely to try and trade down unless a player they like is available to them @ 17. Colon won’t be released because the dead money ($4.3mil in’14) would be too much to swallow but he’ll be asked to restructure his deal at some point.

  • mokhkw

    Next off-season will be similar to this one salary cap wise – there’ll be no increase in the total pool – so it’s hard to see the Steelers being able to cope with $4.3mil in dead money if they do release Colon after June 02.

  • steeltown

    Its true the dead money will hurt next season, but Colon has hurt the Team so much already with his bloated salary and multiple trips to IR… after 2013 you have players like Keisel, Clark, Cotchery all off the books and possibly even one of the others like Ike Taylor or Harrison could be gone as well… thats a few heavy backended contracts taken off the books and the newly extended guys like Pouncey and possibly Hood and Lewis will have cap friendly deals, atleast in the first year or two of their contracts…

    The SuperBowl Team that was highly paid way back when will be gone soon along with their twice/three time restructured contracts

  • steeltown

    Could be