After watching Aaron Rodgers pick apart the Steelers' secondary during Super Bowl XLV, is there any question of how important it is to re-sign Ike Taylor? While he is not a shutdown corner in the mold of a Darrelle Revis or Nnamdi Asomugha, he is a very talented, top shelf defensive back who understands and fits well in Dick Lebeau's defense.
He has said that he will test the market, and rightfully so, but his preference would be to return to the Steel City so long as the organization offers him a fair contract, which will be a hefty one given what corners are being paid nowadays.
Outside of Taylor, the roster is chalked full of unproven youngsters and inconsistent veterans who are incapable of locking up with an opponent's primary receiver.
At 31 years of age, it's questionable how many more seasons he has left as a primary corner, so his deal will not be a lengthy one, but if Ike were to sign elsewhere, then the Steelers would be left without a viable primary corner, making him the key free agent for continued success in 2011 and beyond.
Contract: 4 years / $34 million ($24 million guaranteed; heavily front-loaded)