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Steelers haven't approached Ike Taylor about contract yet

In perhaps the least surprising development of the season, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor revealed to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that the organization hasn’t approached him about extending his contract, which ends after the 2010 season.

“They move at their own pace,” Taylor said. “There ain’t no forcing
them. They’ve been doing it for years, so why change now? I respect
that.”

Taylor, 30, will do well on the open market.  But he’s so close with ownership in Pittsburgh that his nickname is “Little Rooney.”  So there’s a great chance he’ll ultimately stay put.

“Yeah, it’s a business,” said Taylor’s uncle Herman Francois. “But I see them sitting at the
table like a family, talking and working it out.”

Steelers fans debate Taylor’s value, but Dick Lebeau calls Taylor the best tackling cornerback in the league and says he will grade out with any cornerback around.  Still, he’s coming off a down year in coverage.

“I know Ike wants to be here,” Lebeau said.  “And I would think that ownership would
want the same thing. We would miss him if he were not here.”

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26 Responses to “Steelers haven't approached Ike Taylor about contract yet”
  1. Steelintn says: Jul 4, 2010 10:08 AM

    The Steelers are gonna resign Ike. They’ll just do it in their own time when they are ready. But Ike’s not going anywhere.
    Go Big Ben and Go STEELERS!!!!!!!!

  2. MrONE50 says: Jul 4, 2010 10:40 AM

    They sign him soon after gettin all the bathroom stalls rapeproofed at the Heinz field

  3. ncoolong says: Jul 4, 2010 10:55 AM

    Ike’s a good corner for the Steelers’ system. He wouldn’t have much success in one like, say, Tennessee’s. He’s not an island CB, but plays very well with help over the top.
    He didn’t have a great 2009 because that island got much bigger with the absence of Polamalu. Still, he plays the run as well as any other corner, and that is critical in the overall 3-4 zone blitz scheme.
    In 2008, he locked down several of the league’s best receivers and made them irrelevant in the outcome (Andre Johnson, Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Vincent Jackson twice, and did a great job on Larry Fitzgerald until the fourth quarter in the Super Bowl).

  4. Ravenmuscle says: Jul 4, 2010 11:20 AM

    Ike Taylor is good at one thing…picking up the jock straps in the locker room after a game and sniffing them to see if they need to be washed.
    Terrible towels are STOOLER toilet paper.

  5. robert ethen says: Jul 4, 2010 11:35 AM

    Not ready yet to “face me Ike”.

  6. Chusko says: Jul 4, 2010 11:39 AM

    “Best tackling cornerback in the league” and that’s a positive? Maybe if he would prevent a few more completions, he wouldn’t need to make so many tackles. But I guess he’s learned that terrible habit from Deshea “worst/oldest cornerback in the history of the NFL that was only playing because the coaching staff are the biggest cowards in the league” Townsend, or Deshea “WOCITHOTNTWOPBTCSATBCITL” Townsend for short.

  7. southFLAsteel says: Jul 4, 2010 11:43 AM

    “MrONE50 says:
    July 4, 2010 10:40 AM
    They sign him soon after gettin all the bathroom stalls rapeproofed at the Heinz field”
    Just go back and re-read that statement and try to decide if you could possibly do a better job of explaining your point of view, or if you’re just a freaking idiot with the brains of a turtle. When you just sit there with your mouth closed, people assume you’re stupid. But when you go and open your mouth, you assure them of that fact.
    .

  8. HandsofSweed says: Jul 4, 2010 11:49 AM

    MrOne50:
    That was dumb as f**k. It didn’t even make any goddamn sense. Wrong article topic. Wrong player. Hate the Steelers all you want, just be funny/right/witty when you do.

  9. Klytus says: Jul 4, 2010 11:49 AM

    The season hasn’t started yet. I’ve seen players resigned during training camp. I wouldn’t worry about “Little Rooney” just yet.
    GO STEELERS!

  10. myspaceyourface says: Jul 4, 2010 11:57 AM

    MrONE50 – relax on the rape comments. This article had nothing to do with Ben.

  11. QB_of_the_Future says: Jul 4, 2010 12:19 PM

    I know on Madden ’10 I traded Ike to the Jets for Revis. FLEECED ‘em.

  12. robert ethen says: Jul 4, 2010 12:26 PM

    I guess if Ike is a “Little Rooney” and has the DNA evidence to back it up, that goes a long way to explaining why they’ve kept the bum around so long.

  13. RealisticSteelerfan says: Jul 4, 2010 12:33 PM

    Screw Ben and I’m a DIEHARD Steeler fan. Now we have to endure all these rape comments because of that BUTTHOLE. 3rd offseason he has screwed us. SCREW BEN AND SIGN IKE.
    IF Ike had hands he would make the Pro Bowl.

  14. DayAllOnJuice says: Jul 4, 2010 12:55 PM

    Chusko says:
    July 4, 2010 11:39 AM
    “Best tackling cornerback in the league” and that’s a positive? Maybe if he would prevent a few more completions, he wouldn’t need to make so many tackles. But I guess he’s learned that terrible habit from Deshea “worst/oldest cornerback in the history of the NFL that was only playing because the coaching staff are the biggest cowards in the league” Townsend, or Deshea “WOCITHOTNTWOPBTCSAT BCITL” Townsend for short.
    _________________________
    Ever heard of run support Chusko? I guess not.

  15. jerseykingpin says: Jul 4, 2010 1:01 PM

    MrONE50 says:
    July 4, 2010 10:40 AM
    They sign him soon after gettin all the bathroom stalls rapeproofed at the Heinz field
    ————————–
    YOUR A F- EN MORON . Only asshole would still be bring these dunb ass jokes up still its so played out its not even funny anymore . But yet I guess you have no life you wouldn’t know this . So put the guy porn down go out and see what life is

  16. Tony Snow says: Jul 4, 2010 1:20 PM

    They haven’t approached Willie Colon either. And your point is???

  17. DM says: Jul 4, 2010 1:56 PM

    MrONE50
    Maybe it’s a priority issue. They’re just spending available money where it’s most needed first.

  18. EdReed4prez says: Jul 4, 2010 2:19 PM

    They threw him an offer, but it bounced badly off his helmet.

  19. tomdog says: Jul 4, 2010 2:26 PM

    6 and 1 in the big one and CLIMBING THE STAIRWAY TO SEVEEEEEEN.
    This team just knows how to do it,and if they want Ike,then they will sign Ike.

  20. Bubby Brister says: Jul 4, 2010 5:29 PM

    Ike’s a good corner for the Steelers’ system. He wouldn’t have much success in one like, say, Tennessee’s. He’s not an island CB, but plays very well with help over the top.
    He didn’t have a great 2009 because that island got much bigger with the absence of Polamalu. Still, he plays the run as well as any other corner, and that is critical in the overall 3-4 zone blitz scheme.
    In 2008, he locked down several of the league’s best receivers and made them irrelevant in the outcome (Andre Johnson, Plaxico Burress, Randy Moss, Terrell Owens, Vincent Jackson twice, and did a great job on Larry Fitzgerald until the fourth quarter in the Super Bowl).
    ——————————————-
    The lone voice of reason.
    I never understood why anybody ever questioned Ike. He’s an excellent cornerback. A system cornerback, yes. But the perfect fit for that system.
    Lets put it this way, if the players got Madden ratings, Ike Taylor in a healthy Steelers secondary would be a 95. Ike Taylor on another team or system and he’d be about an 83. Last year that system was in shambles, which is why he didn’t have too hot of a year.
    Bryant McFadden is the same kind of player. He didn’t work with the Cards but he’s a good fit here. And so now the system’s all back together just like in 2008… which was one of the best defenses I’ve ever seen play (they probably won’t go down as one because of the performance in the Super Bowl). Juuuust saying.

  21. ItalianArmyGuy says: Jul 4, 2010 5:41 PM

    @RealisticSteelerfan
    Screw Ben and I’m a DIEHARD Steeler fan. Now we have to endure all these rape comments because of that BUTTHOLE. 3rd offseason he has screwed us. SCREW BEN AND SIGN IKE.
    IF Ike had hands he would make the Pro Bowl.
    ===================
    Agreed on all points, although I would have relaxed on the use of all-caps

  22. stlsteelerfan says: Jul 4, 2010 6:21 PM

    When people criticized Deion Sanders for his lack of tackling, he said, “Show me a Corner who can tackle, and I’ll show you a Corner who can’t cover.” Looks like he was prediciting the coming of Ike Taylor.

  23. SixburghSteelers says: Jul 4, 2010 7:55 PM

    “Steelers haven’t approached Ike Taylor about contract yet”…
    Me thinks they shouldn’t, Ike’s trash!
    ————————————————–
    …When people criticized Deion Sanders for his lack of tackling, he said, “Show me a Corner who can tackle, and I’ll show you a Corner who can’t cover.” Looks like he was prediciting the coming of Ike Taylor.
    ————————————————–
    @ stlsteelerfan…I agree!!!!

  24. Karl says: Jul 4, 2010 8:17 PM

    Who gives a crap what his stupid uncle has to say?

  25. sharkattack says: Jul 4, 2010 8:28 PM

    southFLAsteel says: July 4, 2010 11:43 AM
    “MrONE50 says:
    July 4, 2010 10:40 AM
    They sign him soon after gettin all the bathroom stalls rapeproofed at the Heinz field”
    Just go back and re-read that statement and try to decide if you could possibly do a better job of explaining your point of view, or if you’re just a freaking idiot with the brains of a turtle. When you just sit there with your mouth closed, people assume you’re stupid. But when you go and open your mouth, you assure them of that fact.
    —————
    So what if dude has grammer badly?
    lol
    Pittsburgh fans suck.

  26. ronmexico says: Jul 5, 2010 3:41 PM

    I remember when Mark Madden called Ike Taylor the worst draft choice ever when he was taken in the 4th round:
    http://www.post-gazette.com/sports/columnists/20030430madden0430p1.asp
    Of course he calls Alonzo Jackson a solid pick in the same article.
    This why the pre and off season noise doesn’t bother me much.

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