Pittsburgh (93.7 The Fan) - General manager Kevin Colbert told The Fan Morning Show that a report the Steelers tried to sign quarterback Jameis Winston isn't true.
"I can honestly say that we absolutely made no negotiation or offer to a veteran quarterack," Colbert said.
A report out of Tampa surfaced on Sunday saying the Steelers had offered the former Buccaneeers quarterback "a more lucrative deal" than he accepted from the Saints.
Colbert suggested that the Steelers may have internally discussed Winston and/or other free agent quarterbacks.
"We'are always going to watch what's out there," Colbert said. "It's my job to evaluate any position, any player that happens to be available, and we do that."
Colbert reiterated a healthy Ben Roethlisberger addresses any concerns.
"The thing that really keeps our optimism alive is not only having Ben back, but maybe having a better Ben back. I try to be optimistic in any situation. When he sits for a year he also rested the rest of his body for a year. Maybe the surgery will help him have even a stronger arm coming back. Those are the types of things that I look for, and all indications are that he's on a solid course to be back full speed, which can only help us and help those other players get back to the level they were at in 2018."
Colbert also voiced his strongest support yet of backup quarterback Mason Rudolph, while acknowledging it would be ideal if Rudolph isn't pressed into extended duty in 2020.
"We're hopeful that Mason doesn't get to play a lot, quite honestly," Colbert said. "If he's not called on to play that means that Ben's doing what we had hoped for. We're very comfortable with Mason where he was last year. As I've stated before he was five and three as a starter."
Colbert believes Rudolph responded positively when he took over for Roethlisberger in week two and after he was replaced by Devlin Hodges during the Cincinnati game in November.
"What we really liked about how he handled his benching was that he was positive, he worked harder and he stayed the course. When he was called on in the Jets game he played his best quarter and a half. Unfortunely, he got hurt. A lot of times we find out about ourselves when we are put in tough situations and Mason was last year, and he responded both times, in my opinion."
Colbert also discussed the Steelers draft with the Morning Show. You can hear the full interview below.