Ike Taylor Almost Certain To Be Back In 2014

Now that the contract of cornerback Ike Taylor has been restructured, it will increase his 2014 cap hit by almost $1.5 million and that means he will be nearly a $5 million dead money hit if released prior to next season.

Taylor is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2014, the final year of his contract, and the Steelers will likely see if he will be willing to lower it. Releasing Taylor outright only saves $7 million in cap space.

By the looks of things, the Steelers will need the services of Taylor next season as Curtis Brown just doesn’t seem like he is going to cut it. The Steelers do have William Gay and Cortez Allen both under contract for 2014, but they would be the only experienced cornerbacks on the roster if both Taylor and Brown were to be released.

Taylor keeps himself in amazing shape and has played well so far this year against several of the top wide receivers in the league. Regardless of what happens with Taylor, the Steelers will once again need to draft one if not two cornerbacks in the 2014 NFL Draft.

  • Steve

    With the way Ike is playing this year there is no way he is not on the roster next year.

  • AndyR34

    So…how many years are there when they DON’T draft a CB or and OLB? You ALWAYS need to keep adding personnel at these positions…even if they only play ST.

  • I don’t know that I remember a year where they haven’t drafted one of the other, usually both. Most of the picks just haven’t panned out.

  • gene mann

    I agree Ike Play has not gone down hill we need him next year.

  • Eric

    The only reason is money, and we need to find more of it to stay within the cap.

  • Mike.H

    Yeah. Too bad Cortez Allen’s play has declined since back from injury. I hope he takes 2-3 games to fully recover and not a permanent slip. Yes, draft 2 CB’s next year.

    Famous singer Randy Newman [ Short people’s got]: ” We ain’t got no body…”. CB wise…

  • Mike.H

    I”m amazed Steelers seem to pick better players from 5th-6th rounds than 3rd rounders… Was Kraig Urbik really that bad?

    FYI, one pick before Urbik, Chargers napped Anthony Vasquez, 6’5″ 333. he just extended 4 more years with the Bolts with mega buck$$$.

  • Nolrog

    They’ve actually drafted pretty well in the 3rd round. Curtis Brown, Sanders, Urbik, Wallace and Keenan Lewis (Sanders, Wallace and Lewis were all very good value for a 3rd round pick.) It’s the first and second rounds that’s been more problematic. Heywood and Gilbert, Pouncey and Worilds, Ziggy Hood, Mendenhall and Sweed and then Timmons and Woodly. Certainly Timmons, Woodly and Pouncey gave good value, but the rest, did they really give value at the round they were picked?

  • steeltown

    Agreed, I’ve been saying for 2yrs now that Ike Taylor will play out his entire contract.. we just don’t have anyone behind WillieG and C.Allen

    I also agree, and suspect they’ll be drafting 1or2 CBs next year, sort of like when they drafted C.Brown and C.Allen

  • steeltown

    They’ve drafted one if not two CB/DBs every year dating back to ’02

  • JB

    I’ve wondered – why don’t players and agents start structuring contracts with higher salaries in the middle years, and declining salaries in the later years? then, teams wouldn’t be asking the players to accept less money at the end of the deal. Players would be more likely to hang around and not get cut (see James Harrison). How many players see the final year of a deal anyway? consider two 5 year contracts: Contract A – salaries of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 million per year, 10 mil bonus spread out over 5 years – cap hits of 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 million. Contract B – salaries of 3, 4, 6, 4, 3 million, same 10 mil bonus = cap hits of 5, 6, 8, 6, 5 million. Both are 5 year, $30 mil contracts – which contract is the player more likely to play out? I’m sure there are more complications than i understand – but any ideas why these contracts aren’t done? Owners don’t want them? Agents? Just curious…

  • Marcus

    Good point, I agree

  • treeher

    Get the money while you can! Injuries happen, competition is drafted, careers are short …


    Essentially what you’re saying is more front end loaded contracts such as the one MJD is playing under in JAX. The only downside as a player is if you’re outperforming the back end of the contract…you’re going to want more money.

    As a player you’re not going to get the best of both worlds…using your ex. this is a 2nd contract for a proven player. It’s very rare to get 2 big money NFL contracts and 3 overall (HInds Ward) so the bonus money is very important to the player. Securing that $2mil a yr guaranteed comes at a price.

    Most guys know they will probably get cut before the end of the contract when the salary is high and the bonus is low…some guys can stay productive and cash all of those NFL checks like it appears Ike will now.

  • Dr. Doom

    I don’t mind him coming back, he competes every week and plays hard. But this team needs another starter capable corner back. As the article says likely two, And I am not sure I want Ike starting maybe in camp they can try him in the slot. Just a suggestion.

  • Chris Ranieri

    Do we think Polamalu and Ike will both finish after 2014?

  • Dr. Doom

    Is troy even here next year? I know Shamarko will replace Clark.

  • AndyR34

    Well then…I solemnly predict they will do the same in the 2014 draft! 🙂

  • AndyR34

    IMHO…you don’t really KNOW that.

  • Dr. Doom

    Just a question I know for a fact Clark is not coming back unless it is a deal on the very cheap end, and he would at the least compete for his job.

  • steeltown


  • Letting Urbik go was a mistake actually.

  • The Glenn

    The way he’s playing? Seriously?

  • The Glenn

    Because it was already bad for the last few years…