Hines Ward Has No Plans To Retire Right Now

Immediately after the Pittsburgh Steelers lost to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Wild Card game in Denver, the speculation ran rampant that Ward would likely retire and had played his last NFL game. A CBS Sports report earlier today claimed that a teammate of Ward\’s said the expectations around the team was that Ward would soon announce his retirement.

Ward announced later today on his Facebook page that he has no plans on retiring right now and that he wants to win another Superbowl. He also said that he does not know where the media is getting their info from, but that rest assured that when he does decide to retire, we will hear it from him first.

Hines Ward Facebook

Ward is scheduled to count $4.61 million against the Steelers 2012 salary cap and he is signed through the 2013 season. He mentioned prior to the start of the 2011 season that he wanted to play two more years or until his wheels fell off. It sounds like he his still happy with his wheels and intends on playing at least one more season. The question now becomes will he play for the Steelers and at what price tag if he does?

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked about Ward on Monday during his season ending press conference and if it was his final game as a Steeler and Tomlin replied, “I don\’t know what I can say about Hines what hasn\’t already been said. We love Hines.”

We shall see who loves who more over the next few months, but at least we know Ward does not have any thoughts of retiring just yet.

  • Steeler Stan

    With the way the Steelers were forcing him the ball at the end of the year I thought for sure they had come to an agreement that he would retire. If he stays I don’t think they have any choice but to cut him though. Is there any doubt that he was only the 5th best receiver on the team this year? At $4M I don’t see how they can keep a player like him. I really and truly loved watching Hines play but his time is done.

  • Pete

    How many of the current Steelers do you trust to make catches in traffic over the middle like Hines? Hines was never fast. That was never his game. If anything, with the speed of the other receivers, Hines should find himself more open and can still make those tough catches as a possession receiver.

    Shameful the way they handled him this past season. Just trying to push him out. Shameful.

  • Steeler Stan

    Everyone but Mike Wallace actually. They’ve all done that more than Hines this year, who takes 4 seconds just to get to the middle of the field. Last year he was still good enough to make tough catches as a possession receiver. This year, he’s really of no use.