Agent: Steelers plan to keep O-lineman Willie Colon
By Marc Sessler
Published: March 07, 2013 at 4:20 AM PST
Modified: March 07, 2013 at 4:24 AM PST
The Pittsburgh Steelers were expected to part ways with Willie Colon , but he's going nowhere for the time being.
Colon's agent, Joe Linta, told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the Steelers ' front office said they plan to do nothing with the veteran left guard's contract and have not requested a pay cut.
Colon, 29, is set to $5.5 million next season as part of the five-year, $29 million contract he signed in 2011. The sense around the team was that Colon would be cut as Pittsburgh sought to overhaul its offensive front with more athletic and durable linemen. Colon has started just 13 games over the past two years and wound up on injured reserve for the third straight season in 2012.
The Steelers have been tinkering with their line for years. They have young talent at guard in David DeCastro and are high on Kelvin Beachum as a potential answer inside. Colon is safe for now, but it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Steelers come calling about a reduction in pay before the season starts. If he lasts that long.
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