Contract Extensions? Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Says Still No Talks

During a pregame interview Thursday night on KDKA-TV, Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said the organization still hasn’t opened up contract extension talks with any of their key players who are entering their final year under contract.

Colbert, however, didn’t rule out the possibility of a few getting done between now and the start of the regular season.

“At this point we’re just standing with what we got, and we’ll see where things go,” said Colbert.

The Steelers don’t like to talk contracts once the regular season begins so they now have one week left should they decide to extend defensive end Ziggy Hood or wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders.

The first course of action for Colbert and the Steelers coaching staff will be to get the roster trimmed down to 53 active players by later today. Once that is accomplished, they will know exactly where they stand as far as their salary cap situation goes.

Extending Sanders might be tough to do, but Hood, on the other hand, still looks like a good bet. In addition to those two players, both running back Isaac Redman and backup defensive end Al Woods should be able to be extended pretty easily if that is the direction the organization wants to go.

It’s hard to imagine that Colbert won’t get something done with at least one player over the course of the next week, so we will just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

A few years ago, safety Troy Polamalu signed his contract extension at the Pittsburgh International Airport before boarding the team plane to Baltimore to play the Ravens in the season opener, so there is still plenty of time left to get something done with a player or two this year.

Maybe Colbert is just posturing by waiting for the agents to come to him as they all certainly know the Steelers policy when it comes to getting things done by the season opener.

 

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  • Shannon Stephenson

    My thought is that we are not happy with the roster and are waiting to see if we can pick up some value and that is why no contract extensions.

  • Lamarr56

    Is Ta’amu still practice squad, because if not, I will be pissed. He played well when I say him in preseason

  • Kyle Owens

    Why is Curtis Brown’s name not on this list?

  • Lamarr56

    I still think Dwyer should be on this team. He is better than Jones and Redman. Jones should have been cut.

  • dgh57

    Probably a decision made by Danny Smith for his Special Teams play.

  • Eric

    I was hoping like heck to see Whimpers name on that list. Pray for no injuries on the O-line

  • Ken

    Of all the players I was most scared to lose it was Derek Moye. I think this kid is a player. I’m glad the Steelers thought so.

  • Craig Ressler

    Yeah, now we run the risk of Hawthorne not making it to the practice squad. As a CB Hawthorne clearly has more upside.

  • CW

    Hawthorne’s a risk, but he really just came back form a knee injury. Chances are no other team will risk it this early in the season and snag him.

    Arnfelt and Baxter are also risky moves, but they also basically played against second and third stringers, so chances are they will still be there to sign to the squad.

  • Eric

    Fumbleitis is a bad disease for Steeler RB’s.

  • Ponka1

    Guy Whimper made the 53 man roster? Alan Baxter gets cut? Are you kidding me?

  • Brendon Glad

    Wow. Curtis Brown over BOTH Hawthorne and Victorian? If Steelers special-teams weren’t pathetic, I’d almost respect that. But he ain’t no Steve Tasker or Bill Bates, so I’d prefer a DB who I can envision actually being on the field during the first 3 downs without being scared out of my wits.
    Hopefully he will be gone by tomorrow and someone from another team will be added.

  • Kyle Owens

    This list can’t be right. I don’t see Chris Carter’s name no where on it.

  • T R

    Cant beleived we waived Dwyer, with the way the Offensive line been playing it can’t be all his fault.. I mean the way our RBs are going down they must be eyeing another RB from another team.. i hope we grab Rainey who was released from the Ravens.. he is a baller. Low to ground like Ray Rice..

  • marvin87

    wow spaeth ,palmer ,johnson waste of roster spots, te need to stretch the field not be block only te.Are steelers tanking this yr for a #1 pick overall.

  • Henry

    So Isaiah Green made the team as the 5th CB?

  • Brendon Glad

    He’d better be by tomorrow, or there’s a problem. I’m going to trust the Steelers that they will find someone on the wire. No way does C. Brown play special-teams well enough to warrant a spot.
    They were horrible last year. So nothing anyone did on that group is worthy of getting “bill bates/Steve Tasker” treatment.

  • Christopher Wilkes

    Wow, Isaiah Green, Kion Wilson, and Michael Palmer made it. 3 BIG surprises to me. Really annoyed about Dwyer, but can’t say I didn’t see it coming.

  • JohnnyV1

    5 TE’s is moronic, so they must be sending Spaeth to the IR designated to return. Most likely bringing back a LB, or D-Lineman.

    Guy Whimper is a joke, and they hopefully are trolling for an upgrade there, which can’t be hard (Max Starks?).

  • Brendon Glad

    Blah, blah, blah. Steelers special-teams continued with their horrible play all through the pre-season. Same junk, different year. So Danny Smith hasn’t earned the right to make roster calls based on what HE needs, in my opinion.
    But it looks like the Steelers don’t feel the same way. Because C. Brown has shown ZERO in 3 seasons to suggest it ever will be safe to have him lined up at CB during a real game.

  • RW

    Why so annoyed about Dwyer? He’s a liability with the ball in his hands. Given that he’s a RB, that’s not good. Plus we have Redman. Felix Jones also played pretty darn well. I prefer a guy who can average 4 yards a carry with consistency than a guy who runs for 150 yards one game and then fumbles 3 times the next… Plus Dwyer didn’t help himself coming into camp in such bad shape for each of the last few years. If more than one of our RBs were healthy at any one time, this move would’ve happened before we signed him back in the offseason.

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    Max Starks got released.. Lets bring him back and Release WHimper ASAP!!

  • Mkeller

    That’s depressing because he’s no CB.

  • Ponka1

    Fangupo, Palmer, Brown, Cromartie-Smith, and Carter made the team. Wow

  • RW

    Meh, Starks was cut by San Diego – perhaps the only team in the league that had a line worse than ours last year. I doubt he comes back. He won’t be able to handle the new zone blocking scheme anyway. Hope for a veteran interior lineman.

  • Fivesevenzero Sports-Radio

    Makes zero since. Dwyer has been the most “Healthy” RB on the team.. Redman and Felix Jones are very injury prone :/

  • Henry

    When will they announce the Practice Squad?

  • RW

    Health can’t help with fumbling. RBs are a dime a dozen in this league.

  • MP34

    Well, let’s look at this rationally. McFadden is 26yr old with p.s. eligibility, not a lot of other teams are going to jump on that. Spaeth has to be on the roster to make that goofy IR rule that brings him back later. David Johnson is on borrowed time until Will Johnson’s hammy is healed. Once those things happen, that 2 roster spots in a week or two.

  • Brendon Glad

    Ditto. The Steelers are very good of playing the practice-squad game. So hopefully they can retain both Hawthorne and Victorian/Smith for 2013 and see if one of them blossoms like so many other Steelers practice squad guys have. But they are playing a dangerous game, (unless they really do not like any of the 3)

  • JohnnyV1

    Meh, Starks all day long over Guy Whimper. And I agree Starks isn’t great, that’s just how bad Whimper sucks.
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  • Brendon Glad

    No disrespect meant with the “blah blah blah”. I’m just irritated right now. Hopefully I will understand it by Monday. Meaning C. Brown isn’t here either, and someone from another team has been signed. Then it will make sense.

  • Brendon Glad

    Well, I whiffed on Dwyer as my starting RB. But I’m not going to criticize the move at all. The dude did not want to be a Steeler bad enough. Careless and sloppy conditioning and ball security defeats talent in Steelers Nation.
    So it doesn’t matter whether the guy gets it together and rushes for 1,500 yards for someone else. He clearly wasn’t going to do it in Pittsburgh.
    So I support his release 100%

  • Christopher Wilkes

    First off Dwyer has 2 career fumbles(181 att). Redman has 5(272 att.) Dwyer has a 4.3 career avg. Redman has a 4.2. My argument is not against Felix Jones, but when it comes to Dwyer vs. Redman I prefer Dwyer. Also, for a guy that was in such “bad shape” he sure made it through the preseason a lot healthier then the other backs.

  • Brendon Glad

    Yeah, I’ll be shocked if this is the 53 by Monday or Tuesday. And not in a good way. I could honestly see 2-4 more moves coming.
    It probably depends on the contracts. I have a feeling that the Steelers are not happy with OL/CB/and TE. I bet they are in talks with players at all 3 positions.

  • Brendon Glad

    The 3 I’d keep an eye on are the OT from CHI, Thomas OG Philly, and Winfield CB SEA.
    And I haven’t looked at the TE’s but I’m guessing someone is being talked to there, also.

  • Bob Graff

    Like i said this ain’t the the Steelers from 3 years ago. I could go on and on but the main thing is this team has been very poorly managed by the front office [we are very very thin on talent]. The only player i see getting pick up is Dwyer. Nobody wants our leftovers.

  • cencalsteeler

    Dwyer is a good back, just not a great back. They drafted Bell to be the “great” back. Redman is a better short yardage back than Dwyer. Dwyer doesn’t have the vision needed for the ZBS. Makes sense to me.
    Head scratchers- Arnfeldt, Baxter, Hawthorne. Hope they make it to p.s.

  • Brendon Glad

    I’m annoyed too. But more at Dwyer than anything else. But I’m with you. The Steelers probably will “place the needed chip on his shoulder”…and he will finally achieve his talent with someone else.
    But to me, it was a “no-win” situation for the Steelers with Dwyer. He clearly doesn’t take NFL football career seriously enough right now. So I can’t blame them at all. Maybe he will be a RB version of “Chris Carter”. Or maybe he will be Tim Worley. Can’t blame the Steelers for thinking he’s probably Tim Worley.

  • Bob Graff

    They are the same group who drafted Ziggy to be a great DE then they 1 up themselves with Heyward. They could have drafted the hamburgerlar to be a great RB doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. You have to look at what is. The question should be do we have a good RB?? The truth is no one knows.

  • Tom

    No beef with the Dwyer move here. While he shows flashes of potential. he simply has failed to realize that conditioning is a 12 month job. I firmly believe it was his 2 fumbles that sank his ship…..after the ball security issues of 2012, no way did they want a repeat in 2013.

    Not unhappy to see Ta’amu waived either. Still can’t believe he did not get time in the crowbar motel for that escapade. If it had been his first DUI, my feelings would not be so harsh.

    Happy with the punter selection.

    Still don’t believe Whimper will have a place on this team.
    Somewhat baffled why Curtis Brown and Chris Carter are still on roster.

  • Jazz

    I agree with you there 100%; I don’t know who is calling the shots, if it’s Mike Tomlin, he has done a piss poor A$$ job! Curtis Brown? Are you kidding me? You cut the most productive RB of the preseason and keep Issac Redman? Both Redman and Jones are an injury waiting to happen.

  • Jazz

    No, they don’t have a great RB; LeVeon Bell hasn’t accomplished $HIT!! What he did in College means absolutely nothing! The only thing he has accomplished thus far is prove he can’t take the physical game in the NFL. Maybe I’m being a little harsh on the kid, but thus far, they don’t have a Great RB – PERIOD

  • Matthew Marczi

    I think Mike Tomlin has a big say in it as well…besides, the Steelers have coveted Danny Smith for years and only now were able to get him. Most of the special teams fails came with second- and third-team special teams players in the game that are no longer on the roster, so does it really matter? McFadden, Rolle, J.D. Woods, Victorian, Justin Brown, Ventrone, etc…these were the guys on those units, and they’re gone. Curtis Brown has clearly been the team’s best special teams player since he’s been here. No brainer to keep him. Special teams struggles not his fault. Shamarko Thomas will make a great gunner pair.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Your special teams sucks when you cut your best special teams players. And when your special teams sucks, you suck.

  • Matthew Marczi

    And who would have been a better eighth lineman who was cut? If they can upgrade over Whimper on waivers, great. If not, chances are it will be irrelevant. How often does the eighth lineman get to play, let alone dress?

  • Matthew Marczi

    Did you watch Max Starks play in the preseason with the Chargers this year? He looked dreadful, easily worse than Whimper. Even last year he gave up 53 pressures in pass protection, and he’s never been more than a mediocre run blocker.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Apparently you don’t know much about tight ends.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Correct. He’s got great speed and held his own on defense this preseason. He was actually the team’s highest-graded CB by Pro Football Focus. He looks like a decent gunner on special teams too, which was probably the deciding factor.

  • Matthew Marczi

    5 TEs is definitely a strong sign of 1) Spaeth going to short-term IR and 2) Miller needing a few weeks. My prediction is the roster spot goes to an ILB, given that they were so deep yet only kept 4.

  • Matthew Marczi

    David Johnson is at the top of the depth chart until Miller and Spaeth can play.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Nobody ever picks up our leftovers.

  • Matthew Marczi

    I don’t think any of those are head scratchers, but only because I don’t think they will have any trouble getting them on the practice squad. I’m confident that all three are in the Steelers’ plans. Hopefully they’re fine on the PS. Also, nice analysis of the RB situation.

  • Matthew Marczi

    Take at look at that 2009 draft and see how many 1st and 2nd round busts there are, then remember that Ziggy Hood was the 32nd draft pick. That draft sucked for just about every team. Poor depth. It was actually a great year to be drafting last due to the talent pool available.

  • Mkeller

    The special teams do suck. Who’s taking Ike’s spot next year? They need to cultivate young talent and Brown isn’t the guy.