Ike Taylor Says James Harrison And Santonio Holmes Both Want To Be Steelers In 2014
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is good about staying in contact with his former teammates. On Tuesday’s episode of “The Ike Taylor Show“, the longtime veteran said he’s talked to former Steelers James Harrison and Santonio Holmes, and both indicated to him that they want to come back to Pittsburgh in 2014.
“Both of them want to come back to the Steelers,” said Taylor, who worked out with Holmes during the offseason under the watchful eye of renown trainer Tom Shaw.
Just because both players want to come back, however, doesn’t mean that they will as it takes two sides to tango in order for that to happen.
Taylor was asked Tuesday about the chances of that happening.
“We just hope that tango don’t get dejangled,” he said.
As far as Harrison goes, Taylor thinks that he’s finally healthy and is currently in the best shape of his life.
“Deebo [Harrison] still wants to play football and of course his first option is Pittsburgh,” said Taylor. “He shook my hand when he came over to my house with his kids and his hand felt like a brick.”
Even though Taylor would like both his former teammates to return to Pittsburgh in 2014, the chances of Holmes being brought back is probably close to, or below, zero percent thanks to the current depth that the team has at the wide receiver position in addition to the former first-round draft pick not having a great character.
In the case of Harrison, time will tell, but it’s not looking good for him right now, either. The Steelers could use experienced depth at the outside linebacker position, but Harrison’s age and health would certainly be a concern.
If the Steelers were to bring back Harrison, such a move isn’t likely to happen until after June 1st when the team has more salary cap space to work with.