Ike Taylor Hints At Restructuring His Contract To Retire A Steeler

It has long been anticipated that 12th-year veteran cornerback Ike Taylor would in no way, shape, or form play for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2014 under the $7 million base salary due to him this year.

It appears as though that will indeed not be the case, but it won’t be as the result of a contract termination.

Taylor just Tweeted that the ink is about to dry on this “paper”, implying a contract, noting that he is a “LIFER” and “will retire as a ROONEY and a LEBEAU”.


It’s not fully clear from the context, but if I were to guess, it sounds much more to me as though this constitutes a contract extension, likely similar to the new deals given to Troy Polamalu and Heath Miller this past week, to provide salary cap relief, rather than a reduction in pay of a few million dollars.

The pay cut was the far more prevalent theory going forward in this offseason, though we have also previously hinted at the possibility of Taylor receiving a Hines Ward-esque ‘retirement package’ before the deals with Polamalu and Miller were struck.

The deal is still very much without context, but it is clear that the Steelers are moving to get their house in order ahead of the start of free agency in less than 24 hours, having also reportedly come to the decision to release veteran outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley tomorrow as a post-June 1 designation.

Update: As Dale Lolley and others have written after this post was published, it appears as though the modification to Taylor contract was indeed a pay cut, with no years added. In other words, he was not extended, even though he has previously spoken of his belief to have a good years left, yet basically Tweeted that he will retire a Steeler after the contract is up.

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  • Kevin Gobleck

    Wow we have been busy lately! Good for Ike though, i’m glad all of these players are willing to take a pay cut! So far this has been a pretty good off season, can’t wait to see if anything happens tomorrow

  • Jazz

    Dumb move! Why extend an over-the-hill CB?

  • 20Stoney

    Maybe they adopted him.

  • Brendon Glad

    Welp, the Steelers couldn’t have done it any more how I would have hoped if they would have called me on the phone and asked…so if everything over the last week doesn’t work out, then I will be the last to complain about it.

  • SteelersDepot

    Greetings from Las Vegas. Where are those that laughed when I suggested Taylor might actually get extended?

  • Eric MacLaurin

    Excellent news! I was a bit worried with the silence but Ike is a winner on and off the field. He sounds like an incredibly nice person and as long as he isn’t caught up on money, I would like to see him stay as long as possible.

  • RyanW

    Love the fact were keeping Ike a steeler for life but I still hope we draft or a sign a CB. Allen cab be our new #1 CB and Gay Ike and draft pick or FA can battle out to fill out 2,3,4 spots.

  • gene mann

    before people complain losing ike and cutting Woodley will have no depth @olb and cb

  • Madi

    Good move. Keep him. He was overpaid, not useless. Those are different. We still needed him last year, and we’ll likely need him this year.

  • Matthew Marczi

    “He was overpaid, not useless”. Well said.


    they didn’t…. this is a waste of blogosphere


    well they are still laughing

  • Steelers12328882

    Well he was considered a top 25 CB before last year. Lets hope last year was just an aberration. At least he stays healthy, unlike Woodley. I still hope we go after a CB in the first round wether we trade back or stay at 15.

  • pat

    Possibility of him playing safety dont know how Lebeau and Tomlin feel about it but I know Ike said he would play

  • pittsburghjoe

    I would not be betting the website on an extension.

  • pittsburghjoe

    While you are there, you gotta try the restaurant Hash House a Go-Go.

  • Iron Cadet

    You are thinking of him as a number 1 corner still. No he would not be considered a very good 1 but I think he could do much better as a 2 or 3 when he doesn’t see the teams best wr every week.

  • shawn

    Funny how he deleted the comment … this is the second time he has pulled the trigger a little early lately … first time saying that no way Dennard will last until the 15th pick … not so sure about that one either !