Steelers CB Ike Taylor Makes It Through A Busy Wednesday Unscathed

Wednesday was a busy day for the Pittsburgh Steelers as they re-signed one player, extended the contracts of two others and released three others. The six moves, combined with the recent transition tagging of linebacker Jason Worilds, now puts the Steelers at right around the $133 million cap number. One player, however, didn’t make the news on Wednesday and that player is cornerback Ike Taylor.

Taylor is scheduled to earn a base salary of $7 million in 2014, so it’s probably a good sign for him that he made through Wednesday unscathed. However, the Steelers could still be trying to work out some sort of pay reduction with him, so he’s not completely out of the woods just yet.

Cornerback Curtis Brown was one of the three players released on Wednesday and that move currently leaves the Steelers with just three cornerbacks currently under contract for 2014 with meaningful game experience. That’s likely another good sign that Taylor is safe for now.

The Steelers are almost certain to draft one, if not two, cornerbacks in the upcoming draft, but until they do, or until they sign an experienced one in free agency, they would likely be wise to at least keep Taylor until such things occur.

Taylor will turn 34 in May and is coming off of perhaps his worst season as a professional.

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  • Matt Manzo

    Ike will take a pay cut. And he will be here to tutor our new guys.

  • JAMESH

    Not to the same degree, but Curtis Brown is kind of the Limas Sweed of Defense. Could we please stop sending scouts to the University of Texas?

  • Ben Anderson

    I hope they don’t have to cut him. I hope he takes a cut and stays on for one more year. Not sure about a move to safety, but it could potentially extend his career.

  • Ben Anderson

    It’s all because you Texans overhype your players. So there.
    In all seriousness, Brown did have value at one time as a solid STs player. It would have been nice if he had become the starter at CB that they thought he could be.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Ike IMO will be a tough one…Dan and Ike are like family and that makes it tough to do real business. I hope they can come up with something that works for both of them.

  • Steelers12328882

    I wouldn’t mind Ike Taylor staying, but I’m also hoping the Steelers draft Justin Gilbert or Dennard and have him start from Day 1. I like Ike, and I can appreciate his career, but I’m so over his style and lack of play making. It’s time to move on, sign a CB in free agency that can play #4 and draft a ‘shutdown’ corner in round 1.

  • Jazz

    Could they please hire some Scouts to evaluate the DB’s; those guys or whomever they may be are just horrible!

  • Jazz

    Family & Business never did match; it’s time the Rooney’s reevaluate the way they draft and select players. Especially DB’s N Offensive Lineman. So sick and tired of all the duds they have selected over the years.

  • Jazz

    Justin Gilbert? Yes, however, the Steelers should pass on Dennard, he too is overrated.

  • gene mann

    I am hoping Ike does lower his cap number but i have a good feeling that he do what needed here to stay with the Steelers .BUT CUTTIN C BROWN IS ANOTHER 3RD ROUND BUST

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Gilbert is more fitted to our style then Dennard…I would pass on Dennard

  • CrazyTerry

    Thats what the coaches are there for. If he wants to be a mentor, he can do it for less than 2M. anythign more is ridiculous for a guy who wont get any more in free agency.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    If taylor is on the roster next year, means the team will suck big time and we won’t even be a 500 team next season, more like 6-10. You don’t rebuild a team with a bunch of over the hill has beens.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    I always thought the idea was to draft guys to eventually start and win championships, now I know it is to populate the special teams, thanks for the info.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    while they are at it, hire some to scout ol men too.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    lets see now????yeh right, Ike can tutor them to drop ints., miss tackles, get beat deep, short and in between, the fine art of grabbing , and write down the number of the guy he was supposed to cover as he crosses the goal line for another td. so he can tell his buddies, boy that guy is fast.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    your right, and he played a lot harder than the over paid stiffs we are stuck with now.

  • bonairsfavoriteson

    make ya kinda glad we don’t have a third round pick this year.

  • Ben Anderson

    I think you may have missed that I know James and that there was some sarcasm intended there.

    But hey, if sitting behind a keyboard and playing the part of self important d bag makes you feel good about yourself, knock yourself out.

  • Tom

    Obviously at 33 , his best years are probably behind him. But…I have to feel that a better pass rush in 2014 would probably make Ike look a whole lot better.
    Now if you want to to talk about his “board hands” and inability to catch INT’s…I won’t be able to defend him.

  • steelster

    exactly, time to part ways with taylor.

  • westcoasteeler

    It’s tough to catch the ball when your hands are made of steel…

  • cp72

    Casey Hampton was pretty good.

  • steeltown

    He’s not going anywhere..

  • ATL96STEELER

    Probably not as I’ve heard, and maybe you have too that he’s willing to play for less money.

    Never thought I would say this, but right now you have to look at Ike as the 3rd best CB behind Allen and Gay.

  • ATL96STEELER

    I’m not seeing the game in either Gilbert or Dennard to take them with the 15th pick…they may be better, but imo not enough separation from Robertson, Fuller, even Purifoy…whomever they take will have to be coached up next season…I do agree on a CB fairly early though if it came down to Mosley or Gilbert @ 15 I would take Gilbert.

  • JAMESH

    We’ve got some young talent at the club who are always scouting ol’ men………..

  • JAMESH

    A friend of mine who knew him at UT claims Casey could dunk a basketball while in school. Amazing.

  • steeltown

    Based on last yrs performance, yes, but it makes sense to hold onto him not just because we lack experienced depth but because any rookie draft pick(s) brought in will learn first hand from Ike Taylor in their ever important first yr

  • ATL96STEELER

    Agreed…just need to make the price right…Ike has been a great Steeler…no problem seeing him cash in on his last year.

  • Steelers12328882

    Well, I can tell you that Roberson and Purifoy had horrible combines. Separation? How about 4.37 instead of a 4.61, cause that’s what Gilbert ran compared to the other two. I like Fuller as a late 1st rounder, but I don’t think there’s any doubt that Gilbert and Dennard are the 2 best CBs, and I also think you have to throw Jason Verrett in there after having great numbers at the combine, but he’s a bit shorter. I like all 4 of those guys and Bradley Roby looks the part too.

  • ATL96STEELER

    Combines means something, but not the tell all for a football player…I still wouldn’t take Dennard or Gilbert at 15 unless it came down to them and Mosley whom I don’t like at all.

  • Steelers12328882

    I hear ya, but combines have a lot to do with where a player is drafted. I like Mosley, but I think he drops to the end of Rd. 1. I think the Steelers feel good about the ILB position especially since the just booted Foote, although I’m sure they will draft one in the later rounds.

  • Matt Manzo

    That was Ike last year, maybe a little of ’12 too. But before that he was the best CB in the league for a few years. We toot Cotcherys horn for being a mentor; why not Taylor.

  • Matt Manzo

    It seems a little bit of the old school. Lately we have kept guys around too long. But remember when we used to cut anyone over 30?
    I would’ve liked to see Harrison back!

  • Matt Manzo

    I agree about Verrett. His tape is amazing! Plays like a missile. But I don’t see the same tenacity from Roby. He’s the one DB I’m really iffy on. I’ll have to study more of him.
    I do know that I want no part of Andre Hal! His tape is awful!