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Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

Posted on: January 11, 2012 10:12 pm
 
Ward

By Josh Katzowitz

Here’s how badly Steelers receiver Hines Ward wants to continue playing professional football. Not only does he seem content to play a backup role in the Pittsburgh offense -- which is essentially what he was doing in the second half of the season -- but he also said he’s willing to take a paycut to do it.

He has two seasons left on a contract that is scheduled to pay him $4 million in 2012 and 2013, but if he has to lose some of that money, he’s OK with it.

"I'd probably have to restructure my contract," Ward said, via the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "That's fine with me. I recognize that. I'm telling you I want to be here, I'm telling you I'm willing to do that. And I understand the ramifications -- we have the cap number and stuff, but I want to be here."

Steelers season over
If the Steelers want to cut Ward -- who is still a solid slot receiver but whose play fell off in a big way in 2011 -- they’d have to do so by March 1 or guarantee the full 2012 money. But it sounds like Ward, who will be 36 by the beginning of next season, really wants to stay in Pittsburgh. Like, really, really wants to stay.

"Obviously, I was a starter, and then it went the way it did,” Ward said. “That's fine, I don't have a problem with not starting. But I want to play, I want to try to win another Super Bowl. I want to do it for this organization. I want to help this team out. I still think I can help this team, on the field, off the field with the younger guys, still be there for the team. I'm willing to do all that."

And if the Steelers don’t want him back, well, Ward is still not planning to retire. He’ll move on somewhere else.

"I'm just looking year to year, but I do want to play next year,” Ward said. “If they decide to part ways, I'll be devastated, but life's not over. I'm still young.

"My thing is, I want to be a Steeler, I'm here, I'm willing to restructure, do whatever. I don't want to be seen in another uniform but, if they decide to part ways, or whatever, I don't know, I'm not even thinking like that. I couldn't even fathom myself [in another uniform], but I still want to play football.”

Even if it's at a reduced clip and a reduced rate.

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Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 4:13 pm
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

I think the Steelers will do right by him and re-sign him, I can't see him in any other uniform.




Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:50 pm
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

He's mad b/c his team got dogged by Teblow and now they have to live with that fact all offseason.

I think that all the Steelers are mad about that.  Just like all their fans are.  Should've never happend.  But it did and that is the way it goes.  Any team that loses a game when they are the better team would be mad.  Broncos deserve credit and were the better team that day.  I do not want to take away from what they did.  But if that game gets played 10 times the Steelers will win more than the Broncos do. 

There can only be one champion in the end.  Steelers have won more Super Bowls than any other team, so we Steeler fans should not be too upset.  We have NOT won more CHAMPIONSHIPS before all you Packer fans freak out and/or other teams that may have more championships if you include the pre SB era.  But they have won more Super Bowls for now than anyone else.  49er's could tie us this season if I am not mistaken.  But the Steelers will be back next year to try again.

Good Luck to the remaining teams.



Since: Jan 12, 2012
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:34 am
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

He's mad b/c his team got dogged by Teblow and now they have to live with that fact all offseason.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:16 am
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

@truami, why you so mad brah?



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 11:14 am
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

Class act? Please. ..



Since: Dec 25, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2012 10:18 am
 

Ward says h - Blow me NE_ComBoy

Hall of Famer..tough player.  cheap shot artist??  dumbass..he redifined the position.  All good WRs in the league block now cause of Ward idiot.

....Speaking of cheat and cheap..your Pats are nothing but...cheaters from the word go.  your whole legacy was started by one INCORRECT..horrible call  ..that "tuck-rule"..what a bunch of BS.  The Raiders won that game in all football fans' eyes and that is why you Pats will always be tainted as history is written.

...no blown fumble call....then then no 1st bowl..then perhaps compeition with Bledsoe the next year..then no second Super Bowl..no fake "dynasty"..and no legend of queer Tom.    ....your team is built on a lie..like it or not      Pissed fans off whose teams have always EARNED everything they got and were given nothing.




Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2012 9:21 am
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

C'mon man.....

Even at your best, you were nothing but a cheap shop artist with a cheezy-a$$ grin...Go to the Patriots? Forget it...Ward is a no-talent has been.



Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2012 1:26 am
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

The Raisens suck ass, because they're not man enough to suck pussy.  You dooshbags are done... one and done as usual!  Lets see if Joe Fucko can do something in the playoffs...haha playoffs?? playoffs??? 



Since: Mar 8, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 12:18 am
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

I personally wouldn't mine seeing Hines Ward in a Patriot uniform next season.  He is a class act and and obvious upgade to Chad O.



Since: May 17, 2007
Posted on: January 12, 2012 11:43 pm
 

Ward says he'll take paycut to stay in PIT

hines isnt worth the roster spot anymore, cmon even steelers fans should be able to see that. go cowboys!



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