Steelers make contract tender offer to tackle Colon
Willie Colon kisses James Farrior's head as he talks to reporters at TCU in Fort Worth during Super Bowl week in February.
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Steelers tackle Willie Colon received a one-year contract tender as a restricted free agent, his agent confirmed today.
It's the third straight year Colon has been given a one-year tender offer as a restricted free agent.
Colon would enter his sixth season in the NFL. Until last year, players could become unrestricted free agents after four years of service. Starting last year, under new rules in the final year of the collective bargaining agreement, players could not become unrestricted free agents until after their sixth season.
The rules are likely to change again when a new CBA is negotiated that would make the team's tender offer null and void.
The offer made to Colon was similar to one the Steelers made last year, requiring a team that might sign Colon to give the Steelers a first-round draft pick in return. Colon received $2,198,000 for the 2010 season but was lost for all of it after rupturing his Achilles heel in June.
First Published March 1, 2011 7:40 pm