Business has been harsh to the reigning AFC champion Pittsburgh Steelers, who began the week about $10 million over the cap. The latest cap casualty is offensive tackle Flozell Adams, who reportedly refused to take a pay cut from his $5 million salary.
Pittsburgh needed cap relief and was expected to release or renegotiate with Adams, who signed a two-year deal last season. Adams played admirably last year and became a locker-room favorite. The Steelers even made it a point during Super Bowl week in Dallas to "win one for Flozell," who played most of his career with the Cowboys.
But the team simply couldn't afford the 36-year-old at his current salary. Now the Steelers have gaping holes on the offensive line.
The signing of Willie Colon should help. He could play one of the tackle spots. But spots for the other tackle and for one guard are wide open in Pittsburgh. Steelers coach Mike Tomlin dodged questions Thursday about which linemen would suit up with the first team in training camp.
Pittsburgh will hold its first practice of camp this afternoon, and we will have more of an indication of what the offensive line will look like. But right now, it's a thin unit.