Kevin Colbert: Steelers ready to extend contracts

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Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said Monday that the team is under the salary cap and are looking to spend.

The Steelers are estimated as having $6.5 million worth of room on their 2014 cap.

“We still have a group of pending free agents for the 2015 offseason, and we still have a good four weeks to try to get something done,” said Colbert to the team’s website, “and that’s where we are right now.”

Four starters are entering the final years of their current contracts – Marcus Gilbert, Shaun Suisham, Jason Worilds, and Cortez Allen.

“How much and how many, it’s hard to say because one deal will affect another deal, so again we’ll see,” said Colbert. “We’d like to do as much business as we can within our constraints, both time-wise and cap-wise.”

Colbert said the Steelers will hold some of the salary cap money in reserve.

“It used to be comfortable having enough money to replace four players (over the course of a season),” said Colbert. “But in recent years, I think our average number of players on injured reserve has been over 10. It’s just the reality of the injury situation. It’s not unique to us.”

Colbert said the Steelers are still open to the idea of re-signing Brett Keisel.

“We haven’t eliminated any players because you never know what might happen over the course of a preseason,” he said. “If we ever do eliminate a player, we always tell the player that he has been eliminated.

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  • Bob Graff

    Ok you got 6 mil and 4 guys to pay and Ben looking to get the money he has earned. Excuse me but that sounds more like a problem than a good thing.

  • Danny Delouize

    They should consider signing Heyward…Thats what they did with Antonio Brown and that got them an elite wr for under 8 mill a year…