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Insider Only Colbert, Steelers haven’t decided on whether they will try to extend Polamalu, Timmons before week 1 deadline

Colbert contends he won’t negotiate once regular season starts
The NFL lockout not ending until July hasn’t changed the Steelers negotiating stance with players entering the final year of their contract.

Kevin Colbert on TRIBLive Radio this afternoon said that the team will not negotiate with any players once the regular season begins.
After locking up LaMarr Woodley, there hasn’t been any kind of rush on extending Troy Polamalu or Lawrence Timmons.
While both are believed to be priorities for the Steelers, Colbert has yet to decide whether he will try to lock up either player before the regular season starts.
“We haven’t decided, ” Colbert said. “I don’t know what the next step is….if there is a next step”
For cap reasons, Timmons is said to be the most difficult to sign right now because he’s carrying such a low cap hit and it will increase significantly with a new deal.
Polamalu, 30, is carrying a cap hit of $8.96 million this season.
Meanwhile, Colbert said today that the Steelers would have never been able to have the team they had last year if it wasn’t for an uncapped year.
He said that the cuts of Flozell Adams and Max Starks were unavoidable.
“Those were difficult cuts, ” Colbert said “Those were unavoidable”. {I told them} the door could be open at somepoint in bringing you back.”
The Steelers plan is to see what they have in the younger players before showing any kind of interest in Starks or Adams.

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