Pittsburgh Steelers Cut Two, Offer Tenders to Three

Phillip BuntingContributor IFebruary 26, 2009


The Cuts

The Pittsburgh Steelers cut Right Guard Kendall Simmons and Linebacker Mike Humpal this evening. What a shocker Kendall Simmons getting released. No one saw this coming I bet.


Kendall Simmons tore his Achilles Tendon in the fourth game last season. He didn't play the rest of the season and sat on Injured Reserve.


He was drafted in the first round of 2002. Simmons then became the Steelers starting Right Guard in his rookie year. Kendall held his starting position until he landed on IR in 2004 and up until his injury in 2008.


Mike Humpal was also release.d He was drafted in the sixth round of 2008. Humpal sat on Injured Reserve with an injury to the neck last season.



The Offers Tendered

The Steelers tendered three one-year contracts to three restricted free agents, Tackle Willie Colon, Fullback Sean McHugh, and Cornerback Anthony Madison.


Free Safety Anthony Smith wasn't offered a contract tender. He was drafted in the third round of the 2006 NFL Draft. So now Anthony will become an unrestricted free agent.


The three players that were tendered maintained their rights to the Steelers. This allows the Steelers to replicate offers that the players may receive from other teams.


An offer of $2,198,000 was tendered to Willie Colon. If Colon signs with another team and the Steelers don't replicate the offer, they would get a compensatory first round pick in return.


Both Madison and McHugh were offered a low tender of $1.01 million. The Steelers maintain their rights to replicate any offer made by another team. If they don't match  an offer for McHugh, they'll get a compensatory seventh round pick. In Madison's case, the Steelers would not get a draft pick because Madison was undrafted.



The Have Not's

Arnold Harrison, a linebacker, and other RFA's weren't offered any tenders, so they will become UFA's. Jon Dekker, a tight end, hasn't been offered a tender either as an exclusive rights player.


Other exclusive rights players such as Fullback Carey Davis and Guard Jeremy Parquet also haven't been offered a tender.