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Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

Posted on: February 11, 2012 10:33 am
Edited on: February 11, 2012 8:22 pm
 
Ward

By Josh Katzowitz

UPDATED 8:21 p.m. ET: According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Steelers sources are saying that no decision has been made regarding Hines Ward and his future.

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We already knew big changes were coming to the Steelers, whether Ben Roethlisberger wants it or not. Former offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is out; former Chiefs head coach Todd Haley is in as the man who will run Pittsburgh’s offense. And we wonder how much power Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin really has.

Now, it seems like a distinct possibility that one of the organization’s all-time great receivers won’t return for 2012.

That’s according to NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora, who said Friday that with all the contract and salary cap maneuvering the front office is doing, Ward’s $4 million salary and declining productivity might be too much bear and that he won't be back in Pittsburgh next season.

Already, Ward has said he will not retire and that he’d be willing to take a paycut with the Steelers because he wants to stay in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh's offensive upheaval
"I'd probably have to restructure my contract," Ward said last month. "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."

Even with his reduced role in the Steelers offense -- Ward lost his starting position to Antonio Brown -- the team means so much to him that he’s willing to return for less money and less playing time.

"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.”

Look for something to happen with Ward soon. If he’s still on the Steelers roster on March 1, he’s guaranteed to earn his 2012 salary. It’s seeming more likely, though, that if Ward wants to continue his illustrious career, he’ll have to do so somewhere other than Pittsburgh.

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Since: Aug 14, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:47 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

lumpoco - wow, you aren't very bright are you? Ward was NOT married when he got pulled over genius. He was divorced. Oh and uh, the Steelers had TWO wide receivers with over 1,000 yards so please explain to me where their receivers are more pathetic than the Niners. When trying to make points in your argument it would be nice if you had an ounce of intelligence instead you just look foolish which doesn't seem to be that hard for you. 

Ward is a future HOF. His numbers speak for themselves and he was the best blocking WR ever. He will probably get in about ten years after retirement. Add in a Super Bowl MVP and two rings and he'll get in there. It's funny when uneducated people try to use other players to compare Ward to even though those players shouldn't even be mentioned in the same sentence. They lack so much credibility when mentioning people like Eric Moulds. Give me a break.     
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Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:46 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

lumpoco, either you are high, know nothing about football or both.... Ward is not an eilte WR, never was... But to say he has no talent is just plain ignorant... 14 years, 1000 recs and Super Bowl MVP show he has some talent...  
As for showboating comments, I will just chalk that up to all the lead paint you must have eaten as a child....  Ward is one of the hardest working WRs in the game and does all the little things you need from a WR(blocking down field, correct routes, etc)... But I wouldn't think that someone with your knowledge of the game would know that... 



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:39 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

@lumpoco Ward has no talent but the Steelers need him back? Why do you compare Ward to Morgan Freeman instead of Ted Kennedy? Steelers have 2 pretty good wideouts. Just disagree with your post.



Since: Nov 21, 2011
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:31 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

the most recent news is that Ward just opened a dance studio in south beach! no return for the ketchup king!



Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:26 pm
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Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:23 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

Hines will be a hall of famer but no time soon ! I think hines could be a player / coach . Maybe a 3rd down receiver with great hands and a knack for the gadget plays. Possibly a red zone receiver. He still has something to give in a reduced role. It will be a sad day in the burgh when Hines walks away . We love ya Hines !



Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:18 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

He was released by the Steelers today, DO YOUR JOB, Katzowitz!



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

Hiney Ward is a showboating tool who got pulled over in the late hours of the night...partying with a lady friend that is NOT his wife...much like what Morgan Freeman did when he got busted up in an accident with a lady "friend". The difference is that Mr. Freeman has talent whereas Ward has none..whatsoever. Having said that the Steelers need Ward back. He is the best receiver on a team with receivers more pathetic than the 49ers. Perhaps Ward will take his "talents" to South Beach......like another major showboating tool has done.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 1:01 pm
 

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

 I agree with everything you said, 100% Pauly72


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Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:59 pm
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