Report: Steelers expected to release Willie Colon

According to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Steelers will likely let Max Starks and Ramon Foster to leave in free agency and release Willie Colon.

The Steelers believe they’re already have the players to replace Starks, Foster and Colon.

They drafted Kelvin Beachum — their fourth and final pick in the seventh round last year — to play guard, even though he started at tackle for all 52 games of his four years at SMU. When Marcus Gilbert and Mike Adams were shelved by injuries after starting at right tackle, the Steelers turned to Beachum. He started the final five games and did a nice job. It helped to convince them he can start at guard.

They will turn right tackle over to Adams. Gilbert will start at left tackle. There was a time many assumed Adams would play left tackle, but he is a more natural right tackle, a better run blocker, and Gilbert’s more natural position is left tackle.

David DeCastro will take over at right guard as he did at the end of the season when he became healthy. And, of course, there is three-time Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.