Steelers Director of Football Operation Kevin Colbert joined Ken Laird and John Steigerwald for an afternoon interview on Trib Live Radio to discuss several things, including the possibility of the Steelers bringing back recently released veterans Max Starks, Flozell Adams and Antwaan Randle El. Colbert admitted that they were tough cuts to make, but again did not rule out the possibility of them being back after they get a good look at the young players on the training camp roster.
Below is a brief portion of the question and answer concerning those players from the great interview.
Laird: You had some tough decisions to make obviously Max Starks and Flozell Adams were two guys that you had to let go, have you kept in contact with either of those and is there still a possibility down the road of reaching back out to them?
Colbert: Those were difficult cuts because those guys were part of in Max’s case, two Super Bowl champions and in Flo\’s case, a Super Bowl appearance. Antwaan Randle El the same way. Those are also difficult, but they were unavoidable. We had to do it a lot. We knew last year with an uncapped year that the roster we had we would not have been able to have had there been a salary cap.
Steigerwald: Last year you wouldn\’t have been able to have that roster?
Colbert: No, no. It goes back to what we were talking about earlier, if you get an agreement and you come into a salary cap error, what are you going to have to do to get under the cap and in compliance. So we knew we were running, as most teams I think did, run above the cap or above what would have been the cap in previous years. You have to be prepared to do what we had to do. When all those players were released they were all told that he look, the door could be open at some point for bringing you back. I think where everybody is in the league right now, their looking at their young people and their seeing what have to add back as this thing unfolds.