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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

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.


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’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: Mar 27, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:57 pm

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

Bringdaignorance, Wow Muhsin Muhammad, Rod Smith, and Eric Moulds? Put down the crack pipe. If you are basing this on stats alone you would see that Ward's numbers are much better than any of the three you mentioned. Remember, Google is your friend. Besides the numbers you have to look at other parts of one's game. Hines personafied what an all around WR is. Great hands, not fast but had a knack of getting open, great blocker (ask Keith Rivers). A player where the NFL had to change rules for. There's no denying Ward was one of the best all around WR's of his time. Key words - All around WR. Drop the fantasy football magazine and look at reality football!

Hines will eventually be in the HOF but just like Bettis, it may take a few tries. Don't be surprised to see Hines back with the Steelers at a reduced price. How many times have you seen players released then end up resigning?   

Since: Nov 17, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:35 pm

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

Reading about Hines on wikipedia........Says the Steelers released him on Feb 11th 2012

Since: Nov 12, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:35 pm

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

Hey Katzowitz, how about acting like a real reporter and providing some of the pertinent details like Ward's age.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:34 pm

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

 JPGSsports is a prime example of an average fan, long on opinion, short on the facts. Lynn Swann and John Stallworth certainly had the credentials for the HOF. For an Era that did not have all the extreme soft rules favoring the offense these guys were certainly 2 of the best. 4 SuperBowl Rings, 7 Probowl Selections, 1 Of these two named to all Decade Team. The Fact that 1 player accomplished what he did in 8 seasons and the other played 13 seasons might be a clue the were definately not your "average" Wide Receivers. That is just silly logic.
 News flash Sportie!, the HOF is not a numbers, league leader based award. Obvisously those in the know, those who really know football, who are close to the game, people that matter who watched these two play knew for sure these two were sure fire Hall of Famers. Numbers are all relative. Todays game is much different than the Game played then. Hell, Wes Welker had nearly 1600 yards last year, more than any single year of either The 2 Hall Of Famers. Does that mean Wes Welker is a Hall of Famer? Of course not, Nor did he have the impact that either of these men did when they played. With all Due respect, Try watching a little football before making another short sighted statement like that. Geez-


Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:29 pm

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

In a few weeks: "Hines Ward signs with the Washington Redskins."

Since: Sep 16, 2010
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:27 pm
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Since: Feb 17, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 12:07 pm

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

Cris Carter, Tim Brown, & Andre Reed all still waiting to get in. So lets forget this first ballot hall of fame stuff. Although the HOF voters seem to be a little bias towards allowing unworthy Steelers. Swann & Stallworth are nothing but average receivers on great teams. There numbers alone shouldn't have gotten them in, the super bowl victories did. Ward will get in but I believe it will take a few years on the ballot

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:38 am

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

If they want to really get inside Pittsburgh's heads, then the Baltimore Ravens should sign him. They like to sign old Wide outs, so why not have some Hines n Rice.

Since: Aug 10, 2008
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:36 am

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

I completely agree, if anything the headline should have read, "Ward hopes to return to Steelers in 2012"

Since: Nov 26, 2006
Posted on: February 11, 2012 11:32 am

Report: Ward won't return to Steelers in 2012

ahh no

good career but if Cris Carter isn't a 2nd ballot HOF then Hines isn't a 1st

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