However, Colbert said Woodley's injuries over the past three seasons -- missing 14 games -- are a "concern" as "it would be for any player," according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette.
Gregg Rosenthal, in the Steelers' offseason forecast, suggested Worilds might be too expensive on the open market.
Cutting Woodley would leave the Steelers with more than $14 million in dead money, a tough pill to swallow for a team already projected to be more than $10 million over the cap. Colbert was mum on whether the outside linebacker's injury issues were enough to consider cutting him, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
However, Colbert's optimism that he can keep Worilds in the fold while dealing with Woodley's contract is a positive sign for a Steelers defense in desperate need of aid.
Here are a few other quick points from Colbert:
- He called the team's second consecutive 8-8 season "disappointing" but also said things were more "encouraging" after their play late in the season.