Pittsburgh Steelers Free Agency: Ike Taylor Unlikely to Return to the Steelers

Mad ChadAnalyst IMay 19, 2011

PITTSBURGH, PA - JANUARY 23:  Ike Taylor #24 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on against the New York Jets during the 2011 AFC Championship game at Heinz Field on January 23, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Steelers won 24-19. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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I still have visions of Aaron Rodgers completing passes at will against the Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. I have the same visions of Tom Brady and Drew Brees doing the same in the regular season.

It's no secret that the Steeler's weakness on defense is their pass-defense. It's also no secret that Ike Taylor is the only cornerback the Steelers had that isn't a bum. Bryant McFadden is slow and injury prone. He used to be good but isn't a quality starter anymore. William Gay is not a starting corner in the NFL. He's just not good enough. He sucks!

Taylor, to me, is one of the best cover-corners in the NFL and has been since he's been in the league. He's had a few mediocre seasons, but I'd say he's the most complete corner the Steelers have had since Rod Woodson.

Now, Taylor's contract is up, and as soon as the lockout ends, he will be free to sign with any team in the NFL. It's now looking more likely that Taylor will not be a Steeler next year. Taylor was asked about the possibility of taking a "hometown" discount for the Steelers. This is what he had to say about that on the show Jim Rome is Burning.

I need that market value," Taylor said Wednesday on ESPN’s Jim Rome is Burning. "I’ve been through so much, I feel so unappreciated, feel so underrated at my position, I feel like it’s my time to get my worth, in whatever city that’s in.

"I would love to (return to Pittsburgh), but they usually sign a player a year before (free agency), so we’ll see what happens."

Those, ladies and gentlemen, are the words of a man that wants to move on. Fans need to understand that these "hometown discounts" are not reality. Taylor isn't from Pittsburgh. Taylor wants paid and has a certain number in mind. I can't hate on that. Taylor has been criticized a lot in Pittsburgh, and I for one think he didn't deserve most of it. He can't catch, if he could he would have been to five Pro Bowls.

Of course Taylor isn't worth $10 million a year, but the Steelers are kind of screwed either way. They can either overpay for Taylor and run the possibility of not being able to re-sign LaMarr Woodley. Or they can let Taylor walk and have McFadden and Gay as their starting corners next year. Yikes, what's option C?


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