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Steelers tender offers to Colon, Sepulveda

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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.

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