This offseason there have been numerous talking points surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers as they press through an offseason filled with unknowns. Most of the talk has been about the Steelers’ numerous free agents, mainly Ben Roethlisberger’s future, but one topic which hasn’t received much breathe is the contract of Kevin Colbert.
The general manager hasn’t been talked about much, other than some crazy rumors of the Detroit Lions trying to lure him out of Pittsburgh earlier this offseason. Nonetheless, when Colbert met with media Wednesday, via zoom, he spoke about his year-to-year contract with the team.
Nonetheless, he ultimately deflected the question.
“Quite honestly, that’s all I deserve because we have to continue to prove ourselves year after year,” Colbert said Wednesday.
When asked to elaborate, Colbert gave the stock answer regarding his failure to provide a quality team to win a championship.
“We didn’t do good enough. That is the evaluation I’m making on myself,” Colbert said. “Art (Rooney II) and I will discuss it at the appropriate time. Now, we need to focus on the team. I’m signed through the end of May. We’ll have plenty of time to sort through that.”
“I would say it’s the same way as my own — we weren’t good enough,” Colbert said. “When I say that, I mean ‘we.’ Coach can only do so much with the players he’s given. I can provide him with what I think are the right fits. When it works, great. When it doesn’t, we both know we weren’t good enough.”
Colbert was also asked about his thoughts on Mike Tomlin, who is moving into the final year of his current contract with the team. Colbert was adamant the issues with the team fall on many, but not Tomlin.
“Mike Tomlin has done so much more good in this league than not good,” he said. “Mike is an excellent NFL head coach. He’s won a Super Bowl. He’s been to two. Have we had the success we wanted to have recently? No, that’s a collective ‘we.’ We’ll just continue to work to make sure that doesn’t happen.”
The Steelers have a lot of decisions to make this offseason, and Colbert’s contract is just one of those decisions. So be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black and gold as they prepare for the new league year, NFL Free Agency and the 2021 NFL Draft.