Steelers CB Ike Taylor Knows It’s A Young Man’s Sport That He Plays

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2014, the final year of his contract, and it’s been evident for some time now that that number isn’t likely to work. Taylor was asked about his contract situation during a Thursday interview with Laura Okmin of Fox Sports on radio row at the Super Bowl in New York and the 33 year-old didn’t shy away from the question.

“It’s just a situation you got to understand that it’s a business,” said Taylor. “Age comes into factor, salaries come into factor. You got to understand as a player, it will always be a young man’s sport and I understand that. So we’ll see the logistics. My agent and the team will sit down and talk – they’ll let me know what’s going on.”

There has been a little bit of talk since the 2013 season that Taylor could possibly make a move to free safety and while he indicated on Thursday that the team hasn’t formally asked him to make such a move, he said he’s willing to do it if it means him being able to extend his career. He also said that he’s talked to defensive backs coach Carnell Lake and former Steelers defensive back Rod Woodson, both of whom made similar position moves during their careers, about the difference between playing cornerback and free safety.

“From talking to them, angles,” started Taylor. “And you got to understand, safety is exactly what a safety is. You’re the last line of defense. It could look ugly when you try to make tackles, but you’ve got to understand, you’ve got to give your guys up front another chance to make a play.

“So safety comes with that territory. The name, safety, you’re the last line of defense. Or breaking down angles, you see the whole field. Instead of one side of the field, you see the whole field now. Just talking to Coach [Carnell] Lake and Rod [Woodson], understanding what they went through and the transitions that they made, yeah, I understand, but I would have to go through it to actually see.”

Taylor has of course spent his entire career in Pittsburgh and has said several times in the past that he wants to end it with the Steelers. He reiterated that again on Thursday.

“Hopefully I will be a part  of the team,” he said. I would love to retire as a Steeler, but you just never know. So time will tell.”

As far as that time telling, we should know over the course of the next six or seven weeks the outcome of Taylor’s situation. I fully expect that he’ll be back in 2014, although it’s likely to be at a very reduced rate. In addition, I doubt a move to safety is in his immediate future, but like he said, you never know.

You can watch the entire interview below.


    Wow. What a legendary secondary we’re going to have. Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor at Safety with Cortez Allen and Keenan Lewis at…….. oh yeah, never mind.

  • Jollyrob68

    Ike can still play, he’s just not a Number 1 corner. With that being said he needs to take a paycut or they need to move on.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    He seems to have a good attitude and understanding of the situation. Most players have the attitude that they are still elite and deserve big salaries even past their prime so it is refreshing to see a guy who can be honest to him self.

  • Rob H

    Ike Taylor to free safety, the terrible idea that won’t die. I love Ike, and I realize he was just responding to a question, but he said himself that FS is the last line of defense and has to make tackles. How did that work out at the end of our last playoff game again? That was 3 years ago, now fast forward to this season where he ranked 67th in tackling efficiency.
    So, a team that wants to cut down on the big plays it allowed this season and create more turnovers is going to move a CB who can’t catch, and can’t tackle efficiently to free safety…..?? I would love to hear one person who brings this up explain why they think it’s a good idea.

  • dgh57

    With declining skills comes declining pay and playing time to maybe nickel back. If this is talk of moving full time to FS this is crazy talk! The only Safety I want him playing is in the quarters package where 3 Safeties are used. Hopefully we’ll be able to solve some of our Safety problems in the draft.

  • PA2AK

    Ike has been very good over the years…he’s never been Lake or Woodson though…those men did it all. Lower his pay significantly. Would have been nice to be thinking about Lewis and Allen starting with Ike filling in. He should never be moved to safety.

  • PA2AK

    As goofy as Ike can be…he’s a good guy and isn’t a moron when it comes to the business side of NFL…could you imagine him ever pulling a Harrison?!

  • CrazyTerry

    Why do you blame harison? Would Troy have taken a paycut even though his play doesn’t warrant such a high salary? Troy is still good in run coverage, but his pass coverage against good QBs is a joke these days. So why should Harrison be the only Steeler this team targeted for cuts when the roster had so many overpaid players.

  • sean mcmartin

    after watching the SB, I have changed my position on the draft.
    The Steelers need defensive players more than offense. Secondary needs to be re-tooled with speed and talent..I have high hopes..

  • PA2AK

    I do blame Harrison actually. He wouldn’t take a deal that was incentive-laced so if he put up the numbers he could essentially earn the same cash. Of course, he went on to take a deal that paid him less than the Steelers base offer. That’s dumb because he doesn’t understand how far his value dropped in the business side of the NFL. I will actually be disappointed if Troy doesn’t take a big cut. He’s not worth it. The Steelers can’t afford it. If they pay him that money, or he holds out for that much money…someone is being stupid. Harrison was old news. They have Troy, Heath, Keisel, Clark, Ike, Woodley, Pouncey with insane contracts that need reexamined ASAP.