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A third consecutive year on the injured reserve should mean the end of the line for Willie Colon in Pittsburgh.
Willie Colon: Cut
For the third straight season, Colon finished the season on the injured reserve. He is being paid way too much to not be on the field. Colon does bring a nasty attitude to the line, but he takes too many penalties for a veteran.
Maurkice Pouncey: Keep
Pouncey is the team’s best lineman and will be the fixture on the line for years to come. He should be even better playing next to a healthy David DeCastro next season.
David DeCastro: Keep
While DeCastro had to battle for a starting spot this year, he will enter camp as the clear-cut starter next season. He was held back with a knee injury in his rookie year, but he should be much more comfortable in the offense with a full camp and preseason.
Mike Adams: Keep
Adams was the Steelers’ top rookie of 2012 and was a key component of their revitalized ground game during the middle of the season. He will be the starter at right tackle next year.
Marcus Gilbert: Keep
With Adams taking over the right tackle spot, Gilbert will step in for Max Starks at left tackle. He may not be the ideal fit at the position, but he’ll be the Steelers' best option.
Kelvin Beachum: Keep
Beachum was another pleasant surprise. He entered camp playing both tackle and guard but had to start at right tackle this season due to injuries to Gilbert and Adams. He may get a chance to start at left guard. At worst, Beachum becomes the team’s top backup at guard and tackle.
John Malecki: Keep
Malecki is a scrapper. He is not a guy you want to see on the field, but is an adequate backup for emergency situations. He deserves a look at training camp.
Joe Long: Keep
Long was a player that I considered for the Steelers at the end of the draft last season. He has some upside and will be one to watch in camp.
Justin Cheadle: Keep
Another camp body, Cheadle is a necessary player to help fill out a training camp roster.