Report: Representatives For Hines Ward Have Yet To Hear From Steelers

Friday evening Jason La Canfora reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers do not intend to bring back veteran wide receiver Hines Ward for the 2012 season, but Scott Brown from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter today that Ward\’s representatives have yet to hear from Steelers. Ward has a clause in his contract that says he has to be let known his status for 2012 by March 1st. He has long said that he wants to continue to play for the Steelers, and that he is willing to take a pay cut to do so.

The Steelers still have over two plus weeks to let Ward know his status, and one would speculate that they already know whether or not they want him back in 2012. If indeed the report from La Canfora is correct, the Steelers owe Ward at least the courtesy to let him and his representatives know his status before word got out through the media. They do not owe him another year if they do not think he fits in their 2012 plans, but out of respect he should be told up front in my opinion.

Ward has two years left on his contract and is scheduled to earn a $4 million base salary in both 2012 and 2013. Cutting Ward now will save the Steelers $3.39 million against the 2012 salary cap. Stay tuned as this is far from over.

  • Mike.H

    Dave, if you were GM, would there be a way to prevent NFL/pro players from cashing in on a fat contract and put in half effort — take your money and run type of thing?

  • Joe D

    The Trib article quoted Ward that he is willing to restructure his contract…

    Ward was never quoted as saying he is willing to take a paycut!!!
    Big difference.
    Ward is worth $1million for 2012…
    clearly worth $0 for 2013!!

    When the contract was put in place… clearly everyone knew he would not last the length of the contract. It enabled the Steelers to spread the signing bonus over a longer period of time.

  • Steel hurtin

    Most large contracts are back loaded deals.. This gives the players plenty of incentive to “earn” their contracts.. The steelers like their players to play out their rookie contracts.. Then they decide if they are deserving of a big contract. I.E. Woodley, Timmons.

  • Dave

    Lots of people in the media use the terms ‘restructure’ and ‘paycut’ interchangeably, even though they should know better. Even Ward’s own statement uses the word “restructure”. Ward will be doing a paycut, not a restructure, if he’s a Steeler in 2012.

  • Alwayslookin

    Hines is a Steeler Nation Household Word! We should restructure in whatever way necessary to keep him and uphold Steeler Integrity. Take care of the Familia!

  • Joe D

    Media knows the difference between “restructure” and “paycut”…
    they are different.
    Restructure does NOT involve ANY paycut!!! ie. woodley.

    He quoted WARD… and Ward knows the difference also.
    I recently saw something I think in the Trib that Ward willing to take $2million salary. I don’t think Ward is worth $2million.