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.