Colbert: Steelers Won't Change Policy On Contract Talks

The Steelers GM adds there are a lot of unknowns going into the season

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Cam Heyward has expressed he wants to be a Steeler for his entire career and while contract negotiations continue with the Steelers, General Manager Kevin Colbert tells the Fan Morning Show they won’t discuss talks with individual players with the public.

But Colbert did sound somewhat optimistic that an extension could get done by September 14.

“I can say that when we have a great player we always want them to finish their career here and when the player has that same desire, it’s usually something that can be worked out,” said Colbert

Even with 2020 being a unique season, Colbert says they won’t engage in contract negotiations after the season starts.

”The one thing we will maintain is the importance of being focused on prepping for the New York Giants and that’s really our sole purpose right now,” said Colbert.

And prepping for the season is more difficult than ever for the Steelers and the rest of the NFL.

Without any preseason games teams don’t know how they stack up against competition.

With a locker room of healthy running backs, the Steeler would seemly have a good problem to solve but the challenge without playing is knowing where the players fit in during a game.

“The hardest thing about not having preseason football is trying to figure out that rotation in a real football setting,” said Colbert. “We really don’t know how we stack up against competition or a particular position may sort out over time.”

The question marks for the Steelers are spread all across the team.

Colbert says returning quarterback Ben Roethlisberger physically looks great and have “no apprehension to where he is,” but there are still unknowns since he hasn’t played a game in almost a year.

“Until you get to do that under a pressure game situation, you really don’t know how they’ll react.”

But Colbert says the Steelers are doing the best they can to adjust but adds even Roethlisberger admits he is still working on timing with his receivers, especially new faces like Eric Ebron and rookie Chase Claypool.

Colbert also admits they are not comfortable putting rookies out of the field right way but that they, “really don’t have a choice.”

Claypool and rookie linebacker Alex Highsmith will get opportunities and Coach Mike Tomlin will make that decision.

The Steelers open up the season on Monday Night Football against the New York Giant.