The Steelers offseason which includes everything from free agency to draft prep and anything in between is in full swing.
Steelers season never truly ends for Steeler Nation so while the offseason starts to heat up we’ll be busy looking for mentions of your Black & Gold so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Steelers Morning Huddle for Monday, Mar. 21st.
Still in the mix
Even though the offseason moves the Steelers have made so far haven’t involved cornerbacks aside from re-signing veteran cornerback William Gay it doesn’t mean they’re not still focused on upgrading their defensive backs.
Mark Kaboly of the Trib explains that even Cortez Allen is still in the mix, provided he’s able to rebound from back-to-back wet, hot garbage seasons immediately after he signed a $25 million contract.
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Earlier this month it was reported that the Steelers had requested Allen to restructure (meaning take a pay-cut) his contract but at this point Colbert wasn’t exactly fully committed to Allen in his comments to Kaboly.
"“Well, right now, he’s still a part of the plan because he’s under contract. Is he healthy? We’re not sure at this point. We’ll determine that a little further down the line. He has a little more time to prove his readiness one way or another.” – Kevin Colbert"
Because of their in-house situation at cornerback that means the Steelers front office and coaching staff has spent the majority of the offseason so far tracking cornerbacks at the various college pro days around the country.
They can’t really commit to saying they’re going to draft a corner with the 25th pick in the first round because picking that late really doesn’t afford you the luxury of zeroing in on a particular player or position but suffice to say they’ll most likely be taking at least one in the first three rounds, according to Josh Alper of PFT.
All a part of the master plan
If you think you’ve seen and heard a lot of Kevin Colbert this last month it’s because you have. It’s really the only time of the year he speaks to the public. For real, he doesn’t give interviews or press conferences during the regular season at all.
That being said, Bob Labriola caught up with Colbert during the NFL Owner’s Meetings in Boca Raton, FL to take his temperature on how free agency is coming along. Aside from that year-long suspension to one of their budding offensive stars Colbert insists that Steelers free agency has gone according to plan.
What do you think?