Steelers offer RFAs; release Simmons

Willie Colon (Puskar/AP)

The Pittsburgh Steelers offered the first-round tender to right tackle Willie Colon and also released right guard Kendall Simmons.

PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers announced today that three restricted free agents have received qualifying offers from the team. The Steelers also released right guard Kendall Simmons and linebacker Mike Humpal.

The three restricted free agents who received tenders areOT Willie Colon, CB Anthony Madison and TE Sean McHugh.

Colon received a first-round offer that will pay him just under $2.2 million, unless he receives a long-term contract from either the Steelers or another NFL team. The Steelers can match another offer, or let Colon walk for first-round compensation.

Madison and McHugh received the low offer of $1.01 million, meaning McHugh would deliver a 7th-round pick in compensation, while the undrafted Madison would not bring any compensation if signed by another team.

Two exclusive rights free agents, FB Carey Davis and OT Jeremy Parquet, also received tenders from the Steelers. Anthony Smith, Jon Dekker and Arnold Harrison did not receive offers and are now unrestricted free agents.

Simmons, the former first-round pick who battled diabetes and an injured Achilles' tendon, was released with three years remaining on a contract he renegotiated before last season. The pro-rated remainder of his signing bonus is $4.71 million and will be added onto this year's salary cap. However, the Steelers won't have to pay Simmons his $3.1 million salary for 2009.

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