´ Steel Curtain Rising: Marcus Gilbert to Start, Jaymon Meredith Signs, Willie Colon to IR

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Marcus Gilbert to Start, Jaymon Meredith Signs, Willie Colon to IR

Willie Colon’s comeback lasted all of one game. The Steelers starting right tackle tore his triceps in the Debacle in Baltimore and had surgery to repair the injury and Colon will finish the season on the injured reserve list the second consecutive year.

Although Colon just signed a 4 year deal with the team, he should be weary given the Steelers penchant for cutting offensive lineman long before their contracts expire.

To take his spot on the roster, the Steelers signed journey man offensive tackle Jaymon Meredith. The Green Bay Packers signed Meredith in the 5th round of the 2009 NFL draft, but he did not make the squad, catching on instead with Buffalo, where he became acquainted with Steelers offensive line coach Sean Kugler.

After playing time in 2009 with the Bills, Meredith suited up for a few contests with both the Bills and the New York Giants.

Marcus Gilbert to Get First Shot at Starting

Mike Tomlin confirmed that in Colon’s absence, 2nd round pick Marcus Gilbert will get the first shot at starting. It is not known who would be Marcus’ prime competition at the spot as the Steelers are short at both talent and depth along the entire offensive line.

Stark Absence of Flozell

Perhaps the biggest news to come out of the South Side is what didn’t happen in the wake of Willie Colon’s injury. The Steelers at this time will neither attempt to bring back Max Starks nor Flozell Adams.

The Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette confirmed that the Steelers had had talk with Adams’ agent, but that those talks did not go to any great depths. Bouchette opined in his weekly PG Plus chat that the Max Starks era in Pittsburgh was over.

This is only speculation on Steel Curtain Rising’s part, but Flozell Adams was due to make 5 million this year before the Steelers cut him. Adams presumptively wants something close to that sum to return. Whether the Steelers are unwilling to pay him, unable to pay him due to salary cap limitations, or simply uninterested is also unknown.

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