Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Talks Contract Extensions Once Again

The Pittsburgh Steelers wrapped up their 48th annual training camp Saturday and did so without extending a contract of any of their key players that are heading into their final year.

General manager Kevin Colbert has been asked several times over the course of the last two weeks about the status of talks with those players and on Friday he was asked by 93.7 The Fan if the team is currently in negotiations with anyone.

“No, uh-uh,” said Colbert. “We\’re still in a phase, and usually it takes a while into camp to get a feel for where we are from a depth standpoint. When you try to make those decisions going forward, you need to have a good handle on your team and traditionally I think it\’s right around this time where if we do progress, it will usually happen after this game and obviously it has to be before the start of the regular season.”

Steelers safety Ryan Clark is one of several players whose name always surfaces when talking about possible extensions and Colbert was asked specifically about him during the interview. However, as expected, the Steelers GM steered his lengthy response away from one player specifically.

“When you talk about any player and not just Ryan, I mean you have Brett Keisel who\’s up, you have Emmanuel Sanders who\’s up, you know you have some significant guys,” said Colbert. “Ziggy Hood\’s another guy that\’s up and you just look at signability going forward, what your options will be either on your own team or what the options are in predicted free agents from other teams being available and signable.

“You just try to blend it all in together and see if you can do anything that makes sense from a cap standpoint and see if you can make it fit. But until you get a feel for the whole team and how it\’s coming together, it\’s a little premature to do some things until we feel good about it. And like I said, we haven\’t entered into negotiations with anybody to this point.”

As for Clark, he was asked about his contract situation by Bob Pompeani of KDKA-TV on Saturday.

“There\’s been some things,” Clark said. “Obviously coach Tomlin and I talk  about wanting to get it done and my agent has definitely called me and wants to get it done. I think these things just take time. I try not to focus on it.

“I honestly told my agent, \’Look, if there are no numbers to call me and tell me about, please don\’t call me. Just let me play football. Let me do my job.\’ I played in two contract years before this, so that\’s not really a situation that I\’m scared or nervous about being in, but I would like to know that this is where I\’m going to end my career at.”

Judging by the sound of things, Clark might find out as soon as next week.

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    I hope Clark and Sanders can get extensions.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Agreed…the other guys have replacements in the wings. Would leave the D line alittle thin with two new starters but I think Cam and Al Woods would step up and we can pluck some young guys out of the draft.


    Kiesel has a couple of years in him tops, maybe sign him for a year, I can’t see another team coming in for him or him really wanting to go anywhere else… I think Ziggy’s days are numbered, he needs to stand out this season, he hasn’t stood out since he got here so that’s a big ask.
    Clark I see getting extended, and if Sanders has the year we are expecting he should be a given.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    Would love to extend Clark and Sanders. But I have a funny feeling Sanders won’t sign for anything less than what Brown was offered last summer. That could be the problem. In truth, Sanders should get something like 5 years, $36 million ($16 million guaranteed). But with the Pats showing interest, is he going to demand north of $45 million? We’ll see…

  • Jefferson_St_Joe

    The Pats offered Sanders 2.5M. His value is closer to that than $7M/year. You are talking Victor Cruz numbers.

  • dgh57

    I can see Clark first up as getting a extension. More teams are going to this duel threat from the TE position as an example the Patriots when we played them 2 years ago. We handled that by using our Big Nickel package where 3 Safeties come in to play. Brady was held to under 200 yards passing if I remember right.

    Sanders would be a good resign because at least it would lessen our need to draft a WR early in next years draft.

  • Jason

    Everyone is entitled to their opinion but I don’t see the infatuation with Clark. He is a liability in coverage although he is decent in run support. Maybe it’s the lack of depth behind him that makes him a must sign in some peoples eyes but I say he goes after this season. Sanders should be the priority followed by Ziggy if he finally steps up this season.

  • Madi

    It’s possible, if he starts 16 games without getting hurt. He’s a very good receiver who just hasn’t seen the field time. He could surprise some people.
    Still, I think even with a strong year, his injury history will hurt him and his contract will be closer to $30M.
    I say extend Clark for sure. Keisel… I’m wondering if the emergence of Al Woods will hurt Brett. Woods is a huge boost to our depth. Ziggy I would let play the year, then re-sign to a moderate contract.

  • Kevin Artis

    i would keep Clark and ziggy. clark depends on the backups and how well they develop. Plus I think he would be an easy sign. Ziggy will definitely be an easy sign and it takes our dlineman time to learn the defense. Our mistake was drafting a dlineman in the first round to do what a 6 round lineman can do. I don’t think Sanders will resign with us if we don’t do it before the season ends.

  • Gautama Om

    Yes to Clark but no to Sanders. Not at the expense of signing another solid Olineman or another area of need. Icing on the cake is what is most likely a 4th round comp pick for him when he signs with another team. We’ve got enough talent at WR in AB, Wheaton, Cotchery, Justin Brown.


    Not trying to be a wiseguy, but there are not a ton of great cover FS out there. Clark is past his prime, but still very effective at the position…I wouldn’t be in a hurry to extend anyone coming an 8-8 season…lets see how the year goes.