Flozell Adams wants to return if he can start, and Colon wants to return as well. Both are considered Tackles for the Steelers right now, and since both want to return the Steelers have a decision to make. If it comes down to those 2 I think the obvious choice is Flozell.
With Marcus Gilbert drafted in the 2nd round this year there are options for the future. For this year though Adams needs to be the man at Right Tackle. Not bringing him back and letting Colon back at Right Tackle just doesn't make any sense. The perfect scenario is there for the Steelers right now:
- Adams finishes out the last year of his 2 yr. deal at RT. He retires after 2011 and Gilbert steps right in to assume those duties in 2012 after taking a year to watch and learn.
- Colon comes back and fights it out with Ramon Foster for the Right Guard spot. That would be a great battle to watch. I really like Foster, and he works very well with Flozell there on the right side. Most of us here agree that Colon could make a really good Guard, he seems to be more suited for that position. Couple that with the mean streak that he has and nasty disposition on the field and it could turn out very well.
That's the great thing about the Steelers offensive line right now, every one of them plays with a chip on their shoulder and real bad attitude on the field towards the opposition. Regardless of how good they are or aren't, they take no crap from anyone.
That's the ideal situation; Colon has said he would consider playing Guard, but if it comes down to free agency and getting the chance to play somewhere else as a guaranteed starter, he could very well take it. It would be nice to have him around as additional backup but I don't think he'd be down with that. Even if Willie does leave via free agency you've got established players in Foster and Adams ready to go.
Max Starks is still a very capable LT even with some recent injury problems. From what I've heard he's ready to go for 2011.