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Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert Opens Combine by Meeting the Media

February 20th, 2014 at 10:32 PM
By Mark Mihalko
The NFL Combine kicked off Thursday and Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert was one of the first front office personnel to meet the press. While as usual he said very little that was groundbreaking, he did confirm some things many fans expected.
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First of all, he reiterated that this draft is deep, although possibly the most immature ever. This was somewhat expected with a record number of  underclassmen entering the process. He also talked at length about the Steelers intentions to keep quarterback Ben Roethlisberger until retirement.
 
An extension would be the perfect way to open cap room for the Steelers. Unfortunately, he did not say anything was imminent. The final area centered on wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, who will be allowed to test the open market once free agency begins on March 11. While he did not close the door on Sanders returning, he also did not seem overly optimistic. 
 
Although, he did seem optimistic about the potential impact of second-year wide receiver Markus Wheaton, going as far to point out the a fact that is often overlooked by fans, he missed all of the offseason prior to his rookie year. Because of league and NCAA rules, he could not join the Steelers until his school year ended in June, putting him behind from day one. Couple that with some broken fingers every time he worked his way into the line-up, and you have the make-up of a frustrating season.
 
With Wheaton in the wings, and an extremely deep wide receiver class it is easy to see why the team will allow him to test the market. This fact should have fans paying extra attention to the wide receivers at the combine, especially the tall ones considering this couple be the year Roethlisberger gets his coveted big wide out. waiting behind Sanders, and with this year's draft so deep at wide receiver. 
 
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Tags: Ben Roethlisberger, Emmanuel Sanders, Football, Kevin Colbert, Markus Wheaton, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers

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