NFL Free Agent Signings: Pittsburgh Steelers Ink 2 Offensive Tackles

Jonathan Cyprowski@@JCyprowskiCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2011

PITTSBURGH - JANUARY 11:  Willie Colon #74 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the San Diego Chargers during their AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 11, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Steelers won 35-24. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette is reporting that the Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to terms with offensive tackles Willie Colon and Jonathan Scott.

After releasing often-injured tackle Max Starks from his high salaried contract, the Steelers followed their actions by signing Colon to a five-year, $29 million contract. Reportedly $3 million less than the Chicago Bears offered him.

Scott, who was less than stellar in his backup role last season, will likely continue his backup role should the Steelers also decide to resign Starks at a lower rate of pay.

The signings are extremely valuable for the Steelers after going through the 2010 season with a patchwork offensive line, decimated by injuries. The added depth will allow much needed time for players like second-round draft-pick Marcus Gilbert to develop after a lockout shortened offseason. 

 

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