The Pittsburgh Steelers made qualifying offers to restricted free agents right tackle Willie Colon, cornerback Anthony Madison and tight end Sean McHugh and offers to exclusive-rights free agents fullback Carey Davis and tackle Jeremy Parquet.
The Steelers also released offensive guard Kendall Simmons and linebacker Mike Humpal on Thursday.
As you all know if another team offers a deal to any of the restricted free agents, the Steelers get to match it or be compensated with draft choices. The Steelers retained exclusive negotiating rights with Davis and Parquet.
The Steelers selected Colon in 2006 and he became a starter for last two games of his rookie season. McHugh was signed to the team in September. Davis was signed in 2006 and Parquet was signed to the practice squad in August.
Simmons played seven seasons with the Steelers after being taken in the first round of the 2002 draft. Humpal was the first of two sixth-round draft picks by the Steelers in the 2008 draft.