PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – With linebacker LaMarr Woodley signed to a franchise tender offer, the Steelers will now focus on signing cornerback Ike Taylor.

Earlier in the week, there were rumors that the Steelers might place the transition tag on Taylor, which would have paid him approximately $11.8 million.

However, the Steelers declined to use the tag and entered negotiations in hopes of signing the cornerback before the current CBA expires on March 4.

Kevin Colbert, director of football operations, spoke with Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and said the two sides had “preliminary discussions” in reaching a new deal.

Colbert told the PG that the Steelers are approaching their free agents one at a time.

If the Steelers re-sign Taylor, then Colbert could shift his focus to right tackle Willie Colon. Colbert would like to re-sign Colon, but there might be little chance of that happening.

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