Pittsburgh Steelers - Team Notes

Quarterback Tommy Maddox set aside bad feelings over his cut-rate contract and, after a meeting with coach Bill Cowher, agreed to be a good soldier for another year while Pittsburgh grooms rookie Ben Roethlisberger for his job.

As a result, the Steelers will increase Maddox's salary from the called-for-bargain of $750,000 this year. Maddox, who signed a contract through 2006 when he was still a backup to Kordell Stewart, thought he would get a raise before last season, but he did not. When the Steelers drafted Roethlisberger, he realized he wasn't going to get the kind of money he might have as a third-year starting quarterback in the NFL.

The Steelers will wait until June to release veteran linebacker Jason Gildon, who they tried and failed to trade before and during the draft. "We are not going to bring Jason back," coach Bill Cowher said. Gildon has a $3.65 million salary and counts nearly $5 million against their cap.

Cornerback Ricardo Colclough, a native of Sumter, S.C., where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, not only became the first draft choice from obscure Tusculum College in eastern Tennessee, but he helped put his school on the map for the NFL.

"I never heard of the place," said Dick LeBeau, a veteran NFL player and coach and Pittsburgh's new defensive coordinator. "I don't know where it is. I say that unashamedly because I don't think anyone in the building knew where it was."

RB Amos Zereoue, released in March, signed with the Oakland Raiders, who open the season in Heinz Field Sept. 12.

QUOTED: "You need a cab to get around this guy." -- OL coach Russ Grimm on 6-7, 343-pound tackle Max Starks, drafted in the third round from Florida.

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