Colbert Stands By Steelers Negotiation Tactics

Steeler Way not changing even after latest Bell contract talks

Matt Koll
July 30, 2018 - 11:52 am
Kevin Colbert

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- The Steelers are confident in the way they negotiate with their own players...Le'Veon Bell long-term extension or not.

Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert reiterated that on The Fan Morning Show on Monday when he dropped by at training camp in Latrobe.

"We're very comfortable with the way we do business and do our contracts because we're very consistent with our own guys," said Colbert. "Sometimes when you're competing around the league and you're competing with Team A, B and C for a player that's available, that's when you have to make those types of decisions [whether to give more guaranteed money]. But when you're working internally with your own player who can negotiate with anybody else, we're very comfortable in our structures and so are our players or they wouldn't take it." 

"In Le'Veon's case, he didn't. That's something we'll deal with at the appropriate time when we can. But, we're comfortable with our structure because we're consistent and when you're consistent the locker room understands that nobody is getting special treatment." 

In Colbert's mind, there's no need for change in how Mike Tomlin operates either, despite some saying he needs to enforce more discipline with his players. 

"He tries to treat them as professional adults and give them the latitudes that they need," said Colbert. "But also when it steps outside the boundaries, there's no question about who's in charge." 

Despite some early camp injuries, Colbert also stands by how the Steelers conduct their training camp with the amount of contact they allow.

"If you haven't practiced in a physical nature, the chances of you getting hurt in [preseason] games is increased," said Colbert. "You have to get into that physicality. You have to practice the game you play."

 As far as that QB depth chart right now?

"Landy [Jones] is our #2, Joshua Dobbs is our #3 right now and Mason [Rudolph] has to work his way through the rotation. They'll get their reps and coach [Tomlin] likes to mix the reps up to make it a fair competition."

Oh and about that aging superstar QB at the top? 

"So far in training camp he looks as sharp as ever so heck, we hope he plays a high level for however long he wants."  

You can hear the entire interview with Steelers GM Kevin Colbert on The Fan Morning Show below. 


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