Ike Taylor to Re-Sign with Steelers: Latest Details, Comments and Analysis

Scott PolacekFeatured ColumnistMarch 10, 2014

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It looks like Ike Taylor will be staying right in Pittsburgh for the 2014 NFL season.

At least he will be if his Twitter update Monday was any indication:

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports later reported how much the deal was worth:

The Pittsburgh Steelers locked up the veteran cornerback before the free-agency period officially begins Tuesday, at which point other teams would have had a chance to negotiate with him if Pittsburgh parted ways. The Louisiana-Lafayette product is approaching his 12th year in the league, and the Steelers clearly think he has more left in the tank to make this move.    

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by cornerback Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL International Series game between Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings at Wem
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Pittsburgh stumbled to an 8-8 finish in 2013, but the pass defense did rank ninth in the NFL in opposing passing yards allowed per game.

Taylor was clearly a primary part of that solid secondary, although he failed to tally an interception for the first time since his first season in Pittsburgh in 2003. Yet he is still a valuable player says Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Looking forward, there has to at least be some concern that Taylor’s most productive days are behind him.

While interceptions are far from the only indicator of success for a corner (after all, the best cornerbacks rarely see passes thrown their way), his age (33 years old) has to be factored into this decision.

Taylor registered fewer than 13 passes defended for only the second time since 2004 as well.

The timing of this move is interesting because Scott Brown of ESPN.com recently indicated that Taylor would have to take a pay cut to remain in Pittsburgh: “Cornerback Ike Taylor’s has a base salary of $7 million this year, and the 11th-year veteran will have to take a pay cut to return to the Steelers.”

If the Steelers hope to return to the playoffs next year, it will be important for Taylor to at least maintain his level of play from 2013 as part of the secondary.