6 best Steelers free agent signings under Kevin Colbert

Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Linebacker James Harrison #92 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /
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The Steelers are typically patient in constructing their roster. Since 2000, general manager Kevin Colbert has held true with the method, finding bargains that have contributed to contending teams.

As seen time and again, Steelers fans revel in the success their team enjoys in the fall. However, the approach that the storied franchise takes to building its product can at times be frustrating. Those who keep a close watch on Pittsburgh’s organization have come to realize that it traditionally prefers to develop its own draftees rather than shell out pricey paydays on imported players. Each and every spring, notable talents wiggle into the free agency pool and other clubs cough up mounds of cash to lure them. Not the closefisted Steelers.

From his hiring at the turn of the century, Kevin Colbert has remained steadfast with this conservative philosophy. He hasn’t emptied the vault for glittery names, nor has he overpaid to retain familiar faces soon to wane.

Yet, a number of Colbert’s low-risk investments have proved to be invaluable. Some, such as quarterback Charlie Batch, provide a much-needed veteran presence, and others, like mainstay defensive lineman Kimo Von Oelhoffen, move into solid starting roles.

With Colbert’s final say on roster matters, the Steelers are the only squad not named the New England Patriots to construct at least three Super Bowl teams since 2000. Pittsburgh also has the third-most postseason victories in that time.

Diehards can hope that this year’s crop of under-the-radar pickups, namely offensive tackle, and Super Bowl champion Joe Haeg and defensive back Miles Killebrew, further championship prospects. For now, here are Colbert’s five best pledges in his time as the head of the Steelers’ front office.