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Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert might be missing out on his true calling

The subject matter for a great children's book is playing out right before our very eyes. Hopefully Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert will capitalize on the opportunity.

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This has already been an incredibly busy off season for Pittsburgh Steelers GM Kevin Colbert, but all the wheeling and dealing is just par for the course and comes with the position.

I am sure that Colbert never thought he would see the day that his name would be trending across the internet and his words would be so closely discussed and dissected by sports talk show royalty, but here he is and that day has arrived.

He already knew this off season was going to be a busy one, with the Ben Roethlisberger extension topping the list of priorities. The perceived urgency of this free agency period and the NFL Draft coming up in April would be enough to keep him spread pretty thin and offer plenty of sleepless nights, but the Antonio Brown situation has kicked all that up a notch.

Colbert has left no stone unturned in his efforts to make this the most successful off season possible. He has watched Kevin Costner's character from the movie Draft Day on multiple occasions for inspiration and for any trade secrets available. Play your cards right and a single draft weekend can turn around a team's fortunes instantly, just look at last year's Colts draft for the most recent example.

Colbert was home minding his own business, contemplating writing a children's book titled 'Big Ben and his 52 baby goats visit Mr. Rooney's house for Thanksgiving' when suddenly his phone rang. It was Mr. Rooney. He explained to Kevin in detail how he had went to check on one of the baby goats that had went astray, but was unable to save it. It had somehow changed into a black sheep. Rooney asked Kevin to speak to the media on behalf of the Steelers franchise and to reaffirm that stability still permeating through the organization and try to set Steelers Nation mind at ease. Colbert accepted the challenge and scheduled the press conference. The rest is history. Mission not accomplished.

Trying to kill two birds with one stone, Colbert innocently mentioned the book idea hoping for a positive response and instantly his words were taken out of context. His statement has been picked over more than a carcass on the Serengeti. His statement of support for face of the franchise, future HOF QB Ben Roethlisberger was immediately viewed as an insult toward all the other players on the team. Colbert stepped out of the frying pan and into the fire. Thankfully Robert Kraft offered a distraction for the blood thirsty national media, at least until the black sheep decided he wasn't done bleating.

This past weekend Colbert was back to a sense of normalcy and in his familiar happy place at the NFL Combine. Shaking hands, signing autographs, and kissing babies. Colbert and the rest of his Steelers entourage resembled Tiger Woods and the gallery at the Masters. Everybody wanted to know how his book was coming along, or so he thought. When he informed them that he had to place the completion of the book on the back burner due to time constraints, the conversations invariably turned to what would it take to get a Antonio Brown deal done. Many of these discussions happened off the record, so they could maintain their anonymity and deny plausibility. Colbert has continued to keep his cards close to his chest and let the hand play out.

Colbert has suggested the Roethlisberger extension is pretty much a forgone conclusion, but the figures involved in the extension would be good to know with free agency lurking just around the corner. There is work to be done in free agency that, unlike most years, doesn't just pertain to their own free agents.

Your franchise QB has already stated he is planning to suit up for a few more seasons, health permitting, but he has also made his desire known that his offensive line returns intact next season. That makes for an interesting dilemma.

The Steelers are blessed with a couple of potential starting lineman presently in backup positions. B.J. Finney and Matt Feiler would be younger, cheaper alternatives to UFA Ramon Foster and oft injured Marcus Gilbert. Both veteran linemen are proven performers when healthy and have a close relationship with Big Ben, on and off the field. The financial savings could definitely be used to strengthen other positions on the team, but I suspect the desired happiness of their franchise QB to take precedent in the end.

L.J. Fort would be best served to stay in Pittsburgh, and the Steelers have expressed a desire to make that happen. Jesse James production shouldn't be that difficult to replace, but Eli Rogers may be worth consideration, if the price is right. Same could be said concerning Cody Sensabaugh. Good depth piece, but most definitely not a starter.

This is an exciting and intriguing time for Kevin Colbert, the Pittsburgh Steelers, and all of us in Steelers Nation. It is impossible to know the great unknown, but it sure is fun to speculate and let your imagination run wild. Come to think of it, that could be the theme of Colbert's next children’s book. Hope he reads this article.