TribLIVE

| Sports


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Steelers tender offers to Colon, Sepulveda

Steelers/NFL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
 

The Steelers offered the second-highest tender to restricted free agent Willie Colon with the intent of retaining their starting right tackle for the 2010 season.

If another team make Colon a contract offer during the free agency period beginning Friday and the Steelers fail to match it, the Steelers will receive a first-round draft pick as compensation.

Colon, a fourth-round selection in 2006, is the only offensive lineman to start every game under coach Mike Tomlin.

Colon, who has made 54 consecutive starts (including playoffs), will earn $2.521 million.

"We really don't know if he fits in their (long-term) plans," agent Joe Linta said Tuesday night. "Now we have a chance to look at teams in the first round of this year's draft between 12 and 32 and see if they'd be willing to give up their pick for who I believe is the best right tackle in football.

"If you have the 15th pick and you need a starting offensive lineman, why wouldn't you do it (make a trade)• You hope your draft pick is good. With Willie, you know what you're getting. He's a young guy (26) who's still got 8-10 years to play."

The Steelers also offered a low tender of $1.101 million to restricted free agent punter Daniel Sepulveda, agent Drew Pittman confirmed yesterday.

If another team offers Sepulveda a contract, the Steelers have the right of first refusal and Steelers would receive a fourth-round draft pick as compensation if another team signs him

Thursday is the deadline for the Steelers to offer one-year tenders to restricted free agents William Gay, Matt Spaeth, Carey Davis and Darnell Stapleton.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Steelers

  1. Rossi: Wild Wednesday proves Steelers rule
  2. Steelers submit application to play host to Super Bowl in 2023
  3. Steelers running back Bell is taking long-term look at his NFL career
  4. Steelers CB Allen working to regain form, make an impact
  5. Australians rule punting competition for chance to play for Steelers
  6. Steelers notebook: Best RB tandem in NFL?
  7. Steelers wide receiver Wheaton embraces move to slot position
  8. QB Roethlisberger embracing teaching role with Steelers’ offense
  9. Steelers notebook: Line coach wants strong run defense
  10. Offseason training helping to accelerate adjustment to NFL life
  11. Hall of Fame QB Montana weighs in on Deflategate, Big Ben, Western Pa.