'You Want Joe Haden To Be Part Of Us For As Long As He Can'

GM Kevin Colbert talks contracts, 2019 season from Latrobe

The Fan Morning Show
July 29, 2019 - 11:40 am
Kevin Colbert w/ Fan Morning Show

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PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan)- As The Fan Morning Show broadcasted from Steelers training camp in Latrobe Monday morning, general manager Kevin Colbert stopped by to talk about his team heading into the 2019 season. 

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But first, some contract talk. 

First up: cornerback Joe Haden who enters into the last year of his current contract with the team. Will he be a Steeler beyond this upcoming season? 

"I hope so," said Colbert. "I mean, Joe Haden is as professional a player as you could want. He's a really good corner, he's a great team guy and you want Joe Haden to be part of us as long as he can. Hopefully he does, hopefully he does remain with us. Obviously, he's here this year and again, we'll look at and see where everything goes and if it all makes sense for everybody on all sides, then we can maybe have a good player that's a great team guy for more than one year." 

Another contract that only has one year on it right now is Colbert's very own. But he'd like to keep it that way and he wants to squash all speculation that something bigger is at play. 

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"It's just a case of where we are in our lives from a personal standpoint. When we did the last contract it was with the understanding that if we got to the end of that one, it would be a year to year basis. Thankfully, Art (Rooney II) was agreeable to that and that's where we are and there's really nothing else to it, it's just a personal preference. 

I want to make sure that I'm committed totally for the purpose of 2019 and I want to make sure I feel that way in 2020 and the organization does too so that we can continue to try to win Super Bowls. That's where we are at this point and there's really nothing more. 

This was something that was really agreed upon two years ago and we're at that point and we feel great about it. As long as we as a family feel great about what we're doing and the organization feels good about what we're doing, then we'll continue to do it."   

Colbert made some interesting comments about Ben Roethlisberger's future as well, being that the franchise quarterback is only guaranteed, per his contract, to be a Steeler for the next three years. He even related him to a certain older quarterback elsewhere in the league that's had some success. 

"I don't think we'll ever sell out to win right now. We think we do that on a short-term basis and also protect where we want to be down the road as well. We understand that Ben is 37, he's moving into the later part of his career and who knows how long it will go. You obviously see other quarterbacks playing into their 40's and playing very well into their 40's and that's a credit to those players.

But I think it's also part of current NFL football in the protection that the quarterback position has gotten. It's changed since the mid-2000's and I think it's great for the game because these great players continue to play, including Ben. Again to their credit, they've done what they need to do individually and I think the game protects them better. Our job is to surround him.

I look at what New England has done with Tom Brady, they've had two Super Bowl winning years, they've been Super Bowl contenders throughout his whole career but they've rebuilt that team and have had success in his later year like they did in his early years.

Again, you want to win a Super Bowl? Then you better get the right people around him. But it will never be a sellout for a one-year purpose. We're going to do what we can but we're also going to try to protect the future." 

So will this team be better than the 9-6-1 squad of 2018?                 

"I don't know. This is why we come up here (camp), we try to learn about this new team," said Colbert. "Until you go through a training camp, a preseason, a regular season and see where you are in February, there's no way to know if you're going to be better. You make moves and you want to create that opportunity but whether it's there or not, we'll find out." 

You can listen to the entire interview with Steelers GM Kevin Colbert on The Fan Morning Show, including his thoughts on Artie Burns contract situation and expectations for first-rounder Devin Bush, below.          

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