Ed Bouchette -
"Look for Max Starks and Ramon Foster to leave in free agency and Willie Colon to be released. Colon's knee injury that placed him on injured reserve for the third season in a row was the last straw. The Steelers want to move on, and they believe they have the right man to replace him."
So, according to Bouchette the Steelers starting O.L. for 2013 will be as follows:
From left to right - Gilbert, Beachum, Poncey, DeCastro, Adams
I'm at odds with this revelation mostly because I'm concerned about the loss of quality and experienced depth on the O.L. I agree that it's time to part ways with Colon. He's an exceptional player and teammate, but from a business standpoint it is extremely difficult to justify putting one's faith in and paying a player that has spent the majority of the past three years on injured reserve. I really like Foster as a backup, but given his experience as a starter he deserves to seek a starting job elsewhere. The same goes for Max.
I adamantly agree with Art Rooney when he said - "I think that we have to look at as a league where we are with some of the rules in terms of conditioning and how often the players can be in the building and what they can do here," Rooney said. "I'd like to see us have some of that loosened up a little bit. That obviously is not something that is completely in our control."
Art Rooney has seen enough of the negative cause and affects of the collective bargaining agreement as it pertains to player conditioning. The player's union's reason for pushing for a decrease in the amount of off season work outs was to reduce the number of injuries. It has become obvious that that clause has had the opposite affect. The key reason is not every player is an Ike Taylor or James Farrior, guys that are highly motivated with exceptional self discipline, who fully understand the need to get and keep their bodies ready for the season. We all know that there are those players that lack the drive, determination, motivation and self discipline to work out on their own. It is those players that have the highest risk for injury. Art knows full well that in the grand scheme of an NFL season nine weeks is simply not enough time for the coaching staffs to get their players physically ready for the season. Something has to change or else the NFL and the player's union are going to have a lot of splainin' to do in the court of public opinion.