Steelers GM Says Goal Is To Build A Championship Team Around Big Ben

Kevin Colbert also discusses Draft, AB, Bell and more

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April 30, 2019 - 1:24 pm
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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan ) - The Steelers completed one of their more aggressive drafts in recent history trading up to #10 to get Michigan linebacker Devin Bush in the first round.

Joining the Cook and Joe show on Tuesday to recap the 2019 NFL Draft, General Manager Kevin Colbert was asked about the Steelers wanting to move up even higher than pick 10.

“I think it’s fair to say we touch base with every team but we understand there’s certain ranges that are not going to be possible to go to so I think sometimes that gets misinterpreted when you hear about us talking to a team that was maybe picking first or second,” said second.

Colbert also talked about the current state of cornerback Artie Burns and where he stands on the team.

Where he figures in the future of the Steelers is “up to Artie”, said Colbert, calling his problem a “confidence issue”.

“Artie lost his confidence and wasn’t where we needed him to be and was replaced in the starting lineup,” said Colbert. “He’s had a good offseason . . . we had good meetings with him. He wants to be back where he was.”

Colbert also discussed Coach Mike Tomlin’s comments that there has been a “cleansing” since the departure and trade of Le’Veon Bell and Antonio Brown.

“I never thought we’ve lost the character aspect and the importance of it . . . sometimes when players grow into stars, which you hope they do, sometimes they lose the focus of what needs to be done from a team standpoint,” said Colbert.

Colbert didn’t want to get into Brown leaving Pittsburgh saying they’ve “moved past it” and they are happy they were able to trade up thanks to the AB trade.

The Steeler “had no hesitation” extending Ben Roethlisberger’s contract and says the job now is to build the team around him so they can win like New England has.

“I give New England credit because they’ve taken what they’ve had in a great quarterback (Tom Brady) and they build that team around him twice and they’ve gotten . . . wonderful results with what they did and that’s our challenge to keep a good team around a great quarterback,” said Colbert.

Listen below to hear Colbert’s comments on other draft picks, releasing safety Morgan Burnett and linebacker Jon Bostic in the offseason and more.

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