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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Willie Colon, Andre Fraizer to Return to Steelers in 2009

The Steelers signed two more of their own this week.

Starting right tackle Willie Colon signed a one year contract with the Steelers yesterday. Although the Willie Colon was a restricted free agent, the Steelers had extended him a qualifying tender that would have allowed them to match any offer that Colon signed or otherwise receive a first round draft pick had they opted to let him leave.

By signing the tender, Colon can no longer negotiate with other teams. Willie Colon’s contract is worth 2.2 million dollars and change.

Now comes the tricky part for the Steelers. Do they attempt to resign him to a long term deal, or do they allow him to become an unrestricted free agent one year from now?

Andre Fraizer Also Returns

The Steelers also resigned reserve linebacker Andre Fraizer. Fraizer was signed as an unrestricted rookie free agent by the Steelers in 2005, and made some impressive plays by delivering big hits on special teams that year.

He was waived the following year and spent 2006 and the beginning of 2007 with the Bengals. The Steelers wasted no time in bringing him back in 2007 after the Bengals cut him.

Fraizer did not see a lot of action, but he was responsible for the momentum changing punt block against the Redskins on Monday Night Football in early November. Fraizer’s deal is for two years but "only" pays him 1.3 million over the time.

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