It’s not a new deal for outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley — not yet, anyway — but the Steelers did manage to lock up a pretty important piece of their organization on Wednesday, agreeing to a five-year contract extension with director of football operations Kevin Colbert.
Since taking over the job in 2000 — replacing Tom Donahoe, and you can read a nice comparison of their drafting records by clicking right here — the Steelers have compiled a 103-56-1 regular season record (.643 winning percentage), a 10-4 playoff record, won five division titles, appeared in four conference championship games and won two Super Bowls. The only teams that have posted a better regular season winning percentage over that time period have been the Indianapolis Colts and New England Patriots. The Eagles (103-57) have an identical mark. Only one team (New England) has appeared in, and won, more Super Bowls.
Yes, it’s been quite a decade for football in Pittsburgh.
– His first-and-second round picks have been near locks to become productive NFL players (Limas Sweed, Alonzo Jackson and Ricardo Colclough being the obvious exceptions) while the list of first-rounders includes a number of franchise-type players (in order: Plaxico Burress, Casey Hampton, Kendall Simmons, Troy Polamalu, Ben Roethlisberger, Heath Miller, Santonio Holmes, Lawrence Timmons, Rashard Mendenhall and Ziggy Hood) despite picking in the top-15 just two times (2000 and 2004).
– The second-day has been a bit more hit-and-miss (mostly miss).
– Undrafted free agents that have played large roles over the years include: Willie Parker, Dan Krieder, Jeff Reed, Keydrick Vincent, Oliver Ross (regarding Vincent and Ross, keep in mind they were the starting right side of your offensive line during that 15-1 season in 2004). If you want to include James Harrison in there as well, you can, but he was signed, cut, signed, cut again, and signed again so many times it’s hard to keep track.
– Some of the notable free agent signings that have occurred under his watch include Jeff Hartings, James Farrior and Ryan Clark.