DALLAS TX - JANUARY 31: Willie Colon #74 of the Pittsburgh Steelers wears the Michigan State jersey of teammate Flozell Adams while arriving at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on January 31 2011 in Dallas Texas. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play the Green Bay Packers in Super Bowl XLV on February 6 2011 at Cowboys Stadium. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
While unsubstantiated rumors surrounding the Buffalo Bills and a certain other free agent tackle circulate around Twitter, another tackle the team had been eyeballing is now off the market. NFL.com's Jason La Canfora reports that Willie Colon has re-signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers. It's a five-year, $29 million contract.
It's not clear exactly how interested in Colon the Bills were, despite there being a direct tie to the organization in the form of Steelers executive (and current Bills Assistant GM) Doug Whaley. FOXSports.com's Adam Caplan postulated that the Bills may be suitors yesterday, but Buffalo seemed to be much more focused on Atlanta's Tyson Clabo all along.
Even though GM Buddy Nix has said that he likes his current group of offensive tackles, the team seems keen on adding a starting right tackle via free agency. One less is on the market now - and if they can't agree to terms with the other, they're looking at the possibility of a three-way competition between Erik Pears, Mansfield Wrotto and rookie Chris Hairston.