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.

  • PA2AK

    Ike’s a good friend, lol! Deebo has a much greater chance, but even that is slim. Looks like they will be feeling out Zumwalt for depth at OLB. If he doesn’t look capable, Deebo could find his way here if he comes cheep. Wouldn’t mind him coming back to take Carter’s spot ONLY. Holmes…yeah what Dave said.

  • 804Stiller

    Time to move on. Holmes doesn’t seem to have any passion about playing anymore……I could still see Deebo getting resigned rather than keeping Carter. Only thing is that spot should be a significant special team performer…..

  • Jacque Strappe

    I agree, but how would that affect special teams participants? Personally, I’d love to have James back as nearly the James of old. But just for argument sake, what if James comes in and is in fact the best OLB in the fold? Does that impede the progress of the sophomore first rounder? Would they be in a rotation? Playing devil’s advocate here.

  • Jollyrob68

    I’d rather ride with the rookies and undrafted FA or have Terrance Garvin add some bulk. Move on.

  • I’d say yes to Harrison and no to Holmes. Assuming, of course, that Harrison really is in great shape and could realistically be a contributor in a limited role this year. As for Holmes… Look, he made one of the greatest plays in our history (as did Harrison), and one of the greatest plays in the history of the NFL (or at least was one-half of that play — the throw was pretty special too), but there’s just no room for him and I’m not sure how much baggage he’d bring with him.

  • Harrison makes sense, but what would make Holmes think we have any interest in him, barring injury?

  • Let’s get them all back for another SUPER BOWL!

  • John C

    Holmes? Will never happen! Don’t need him plus he sucks! As for Harrison….I just went from 50-50 on James to 100% now that I know his hand feels like a brick! lol…just kidding…..I wouldn’t mind bringing James in and getting Carter out of here finally. Or lets wait for the June 1 cuts and see what other options pop up

  • Steve

    Would love for James to be back with the Steelers. He and his agent were the ones who screwed up last year and signed for lesser money with Cincy. They tried to come back but the Steelers pulled their offer. James was not that effective with Cincy and that is why they let him go. Ike need to worry about himself but it is good that he stays in touch with his friends.

  • 2443scott

    if james comes in and checks out medically i could see steelers bring him in but for min only and i dont think hes willing yet to do that…as for holmes he wanted money over being a team player and wanted more then he was worth….so he went else where and now sees ben was reason for his stats….and wallace will be same way only diff with him is he had suckers in miami who throw money around and paided him ….he will fall to way side like so many other players who go for money then for team and since they are still fairly young they more then likely wasted what they earned…and in end have nothing but a short career and broke..maybe holmes should ask him self why isnt he in pittsburgh then asking to come back…james is a diff story he just got caught up in the age and cash flow of nfl.

  • PA2AK

    I hear you, and have the same concern. To me, if at his age he can out hustle Worilds and JJ…then maybe we find we have bigger problems. He can’t hold up to a full season and as a coach, he would have to do something out of this world to get the starting job. I think his presence helps the young OLB’s instead of hurting it…unless coaches mismanage the situation. I think we are going to see a fair amount of rotation given even if it’s purely from a package standpoint. As for ST…there are a lot of players on the roster that are young and chomping at the bit to play at all. I think ST is the least concerning…

  • PA2AK

    agreed…keep in mind that that catch was really special because he missed a slightly easier catch to the other side of the endzone just before it! Ben carried that offense in that run, imo. Remember THAT OL?!

  • The Dane

    Bring Peezy out of retirement.
    They shot me in Denver!

  • John C

    Holmes did not leave the Steelers for more money! The Steelers traded him to the Jets for a 6th round pick because they didn’t want to deal with his attitude and lack of work ethic.

  • Kenneth Wilt

    IMO, Neither of these makes sense unless we have injuries in camp, nor does Keisel. It is time to let the kids play.

  • cencalsteeler

    Dave. Are you sure you got the report right? Wasn’t it when they shook hands it was Harrison who said Ike’s hands felt like bricks?

  • SteelersDepot

    Try the veal… #rimshot

  • Deebo played a lot of special teams during his career and is still capable. Question is will be he willing?. I think he would be a good addition and help push Jarvis and Worilds to become better! If worilds/Jarvis get injured he can be a good plug in starter

  • walter mason

    Yea he can even play center in an emergency.

  • walter mason

    Its never a concern to find a better player. It pushes everyone else.

  • walter mason

    Yea were getting the band back together…

  • whisn

    Considering his age, James is fairly lightly played through his career, he played very sparingly last season for example. If he says he’s healthy and back near his best, I’d be inclined to believe him. If we were playing in the SB tomorrow and you had a choice of James or Jones at ROLB, i know who i’d be picking!

  • Paddy

    I think that by bringing him back retards the growth of some of our other LBs and their contributions to special teams. Any snaps at OLB should go to guys like the UCLA linebacker. It seems he can play anywhere there

  • Axe Skot

    Colbert looks at the calendar, it’s June 1st…”Get me the number of Harrison’s agent.”

  • PA2AK

    What I meant is, if Deebo at 150 years old (NFL years) can out hustle/work JJ and Worilds…we have problems because they are our future for the time being. I do agree that Deebo would likely push the others and be overall good for the unit (provided coaches don’t mismanage it).

  • blue

    Super Bowl run/retire a Stiller. Bring back Harrison aka Deebo, Silverback & Bald Head Nut .

    Stick a fork in Holmes!

  • PA2AK

    haha…he’s also had surgeries in some bad places for the way he plays, or made a living playing. and we’re not playing in the SB tomorrow…we’re about to begin a 16 game season…so i’d take JJ with Harrison as a mentor.

  • wilsonmjw

    We are still thin at OLB. They can learn not only under Porter, but also Harrison.
    We lack veteran leadership and depth…Harrison brings both.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    I would rather being back Hines Ward before Holmes was brought back.

  • steeltown

    In the end, I just hope Arthur Moats excels in our scheme

  • Shannon Stephenson

    We could use Harrison as a back up for us and he could then retire a Steeler. Holmes threw his career out with the weed smoke he blew out.

  • dgh57

    Harrison could be 46 years old and have his worst day and still outplay Carter! So cut Carter, move Zumwalt to OLB, sign Harrison. This allows H. Jones some time to get some seasoning on the PS.

    Then if Jarvis Jones can’t be inspired by Porter barking in one ear and Harrison barking in the other nothing will! But I don’t see that happening.

  • Shannon Stephenson

    Not sure that Holmes believes the Steelers have any interest. It sounds more like he remembers the good ol days and was wishing he had did things differently and was still in Pit after he has seen his career go by the wayside

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Holmes? Never! Harrison is another story. He would help in about 3 different ways if he can be had for cheap. Firstly, although he would be very, very slow compared to the others, I will absolutely guarantee you he would still be strong as an ox and embarrass the young guys. This would be great for them as they would realize how much more work they need to put in. So that’s great motivation for the young’uns.

    Secondly, he would help in certain situations, especially on the occasional 1st down as a run stuffer and on 3rd downs where he can pin his ears back and go. He is still going to be a better backup than Carter. Even if he does not play much, I would be fine with it.

    Lastly, he would really help the OT’s, as Beachum and the others could use some practice against a REAL strong guy at training camp. That’s a good test for them, and they can learn some things. You see last year Adams thought he was doing well in camp against the lightweight rookie JJ. Let these guys go up against Silverback in camp and they’ll be the hot tub all night trying to recover.

    I’ve been a proponent of moving on with the young guys for about 18 months, but if the Steelers choose to make an exception for 1 year for 1 guy, I would be okay with James Harrison, hero, coming back.

  • Steelers12328882

    Holmes would definitely not happen, but the haters need to keep in mind that he’s probably a better receiver still than all but one of ours that’s currently on the roster. I’d take them both back over DHB and Chris Carter!

  • srdan

    Love Ike

  • joed32

    Only 12 more days til June 1st.

  • Dan

    I am totally neutral on this one. (“Gee thanks for posting, Dan”) They could both fit on our roster from a talent perspective, but I don’t know that either of them are particularly good mentors. Neither would really serve our youth and speed movement. They’re both head cases in their own way (but so were Lambert, Bradshaw and many others I that I was proud to root for). So if the coaches deem they would help the cause, then I’ll cheer them on. If they decide we’re better off without them, then I’ll cheer on the new guys.

  • walter mason

    Yes I understand what you are saying but thats a problem that any team would love to have. You want the best player on the field at all times. At least this is my opinion.

    The only problem is paying Harrison if he is washed up and taking up space on the bench. Even then I think its worth it as he would be great on the bench and I think he can play special teams. The only danger is if he tackles Dri Archer in practice.

  • walter mason

    Foolishness. Well then why dont we just field an entire team of rookies? Thats like saying playing Rothlesberger is retarding Landrys growth.

  • walter mason

    My favorite player since Lambert stubbed his big toe. I cant see how we can lose with his work ethic and I dont see any risk losing Carter or whomever he replaces. Just dont let him tackle Dri.

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  • steelster

    I would take holmes over DHB any day. At least we know that holmes can catch the ball.

  • Jacque Strappe

    This^ 100 times over.

  • Jacque Strappe

    While run stuffer I have no doubt, and situational rusher I also have little doubt, being asked to cover anyone would be a poor result, which was part of his issue in Cincy. He got picked on covering the seam no different than Maualuga. James has always been brutally honest, including evaluating his own fitness. If James says he’s fit, and his workout regimen is legendary, I tend to take him at his word.

  • DoctorNoah

    I would start a Kickstarter campaign to bring Deebo back for a year. But if he comes back he does so for the Vet Minimum. Love the guy. And he would be great for depth, for learning, and for the nostalgic purpose of letting him retire a Steeler.

    June 1! Btw – veterans push rookies to improve, not just the other way around.

  • tim

    Im sure there’s gotta be enough rooks etc to fill out SP……

  • tim

    You mean barring the death of every other WR in the NFL…..

  • Brantley Stockton

    Makes me sad to see all the hate for Holmes.
    He made some mistakes, but who hasn’t?
    Guy was clutch and a ton of fun to watch.
    Steelers won’t bring him back, but they should thank
    him for #6.

  • Steelers@2010

    Trust me, he’s no were near the J.H. of old. I saw him online a couple weeks ago, he’s not cut nor does he look in shape. If they bring him back, you would have to think it would be for the league minimum at best. Hopefully Jarvis Jones has his head on straight and comes to camp in great shape and much stronger.

  • Weiss Chad

    If Harrison is in the best shape of his career give him a two year contract but in reality I’m sure it would probably be a one year vet minimum qualifying contract ?As for Holmes not really worth roster spot .

  • Big White

    Santonio Holmes will be wearing black and gold over my dead body.




    “This is SPINAL TAP!”

  • blackandgoldBullion

    Great taste in all time Steeler greats! Jack Lambert!

  • joed32

    He’s been injured or feuding with the coaches the past two years and only played in 15 games.

  • Brantley Stockton

    You make a good point. I just get tired of steeler fans throwing him under the
    bus for smoking weed, while Hines gets a pass for drunk driving.
    I love Hines and recognize he is one of the all-time great Steelers, but Santonio was a pretty damn good Steeler too.

  • joed32

    He was a player!