PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers announced Thursday that offensive tackle Willie Colon, cornerback Anthony Madison and tight end Sean McHugh -- all restricted free agents -- have received qualifying offers from the team.
The moves secure the Steelers' right to match any contract offer made by another team. The terms of the tenders weren't disclosed.
Restricted free agents have three accrued seasons in the NFL and have completed the terms of their contracts. The Steelers would have the right of first refusal and/or the rights to draft-choice compensation if any of their restricted free agents who received a tender sign with another team.
Two exclusive-rights free agents, fullback Carey Davis and offensive tackle Jeremy Parquet, also received offers from the Steelers. Exclusive-rights free agents may not negotiate with other teams once they receive a qualifying offer. Players with fewer than three accrued NFL seasons whose contracts have expired become exclusive-rights free agents.
Restricted and exclusive-rights free agents who don't receive qualifying offers from their team become free agents and are free to negotiate with any NFL club.
Also on Thursday, the Steelers terminated the contracts of veteran offensive guard Kendall Simmons and first-year linebacker Mike Humpal.