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Ike Taylor to stay in Pittsburgh

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A league source tells us that the Pittsburgh Steelers have found a way to keep their biggest free agent in town.

Cornerback Ike Taylor has agreed to terms on a four-year deal, per a league source.

An eight-year veteran, Taylor was expected to pursue the highest available offer in free agency.  The Steelers, who aren’t known to pay market value, likely didn’t.

Taylor quietly had generated some buzz lately.  At least one head coach regards him as the most important player on a Pittsburgh defense that is full of star players.  Last week, Lawrence Timmons raved about Taylor during a visit to PFT Live.

Taylor consistently matches up with the opponents’ top receiver, and he plays press coverage effectively.  He has been a starter for six seasons, including both Super Bowl-winning seasons since 2005.

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  1. paulieorkid says: Jul 26, 2011 11:19 PM

    2 words: full wood.

    Lovin’ it, baby – way to stay at home Ike!

    Awesome!

  2. slumdog66 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:22 PM

    touchdown over Ike Taylor….

  3. bdawk20 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:26 PM

    Yet another Eagles target falls to the ground – great work Banner and Roseman!

  4. daburgher says: Jul 26, 2011 11:27 PM

    phew!

  5. fthrvic says: Jul 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    This is why you didn’t see the Kolb for DRC deal get done. AZ was after Ike Taylor to pick up DRC’s slack, without Taylor getting rid of DRC or Kolb is not the good move.

  6. cup1981 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:28 PM

    There was no way the Steelers were gonna let Ike go. He is the best CB among a terrible CB group. He is far better than most people give hi credit for.

    I would like to see Pittsburgh make a run for Nnamdi or Jonathan Joseph to sure up the other corner. Doubtful it will happen, but we can all hope. :)

  7. flakazoid says: Jul 26, 2011 11:29 PM

    Whew!

  8. phillychzstk2012 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:29 PM

    ! hope this means the Eagles are gonna score Nnamdi! If we cant dump Kolb for DRC, and Ike is now gone. Limited starting corners left for us.

  9. austskate says: Jul 26, 2011 11:29 PM

    Probably could’ve gotten more if he waited for Nnamdi, Joseph, and possibly Cromartie to sign, but I like the loyalty. Stuff like this keeps the Steelers consistently atop the defensive rankings every year

  10. whitesheetz says: Jul 26, 2011 11:32 PM

    Good. But he is not the most important player on the Steelers defense. Troy is not either. That is still Casey Hampton.

  11. sdiegosteel says: Jul 26, 2011 11:35 PM

    I was dubious the Steelers would be able to bring him back. HUGE signing – – the secondary would have been Texans-esque without him.

  12. msclemons67 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:38 PM

    This is a surprise. I really thought some team would make a ridiculous offer that the Steelers would be too smart to match.

  13. kilo0986 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:39 PM

    There goes my.hopes of having Joseph or nnamdi in a steelers uniform :( … Its cool though, we still got 6 rings and on our way to 7!

  14. oldbrowndawg says: Jul 26, 2011 11:48 PM

    Overrated, likely overpaid, and without Polamalu, likely will get beat over the top on a regular basis. But since he wears Black and Yellow (NOT gold), the Steeler bots will praise him ’til the cows come home. Let’s see how well he does now that age will start catching up with him (and Hampton, and Keisel, and Aaron Smith, and Polamalu, and, well you get the point).

  15. sguy2130 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:52 PM

    Seriously…Ike Taylor is the most important player on the Steeler defense? What, does he massage Polamalu’s hair after the game… Is he James Harrison’s therapist? Which “head coach” did they ask, John Madden?

  16. medtxpack says: Jul 26, 2011 11:58 PM

    “including both Super Bowl-winning seasons since 2005.”

    and the losing one last year…he was punked in that game.

  17. dirtyharry1971 says: Jul 27, 2011 12:06 AM

    Glad to see this news, Taylor sucks and i want him right where he was cause i cant wait to see great passing teams like the Pats or Pack just shred the steeler secondary over and over again! God thats good stuff to watch!

  18. mirkymirc says: Jul 27, 2011 12:14 AM

    The only player I wouldve wanted over Ike for the Steelers is Nnamdi Asomugha. Ike is the best run supporting CB in this free agency class. He is the perfect cornerback in the Steelers defense. The year that they beat Seattle in the superbowl…that playoff run he shut down, Chad Johnson, Marvin Harrison, Rod Smith and Darrell Jackson.

    I’m confident that out of this young group of CBs (Crezdon Butler, Curtis Brown, and Cortez Allen) one of these guys can develop into Ike Taylor, hopefully with better hands. By the way Keenan Lewis blows and i hope they cut his ass.

  19. flakazoid says: Jul 27, 2011 12:15 AM

    oldbrowndawg says:Jul 26, 2011 11:48 PM

    Overrated, likely overpaid, and without Polamalu, likely will get beat over the top on a regular basis.

    Let me get this straight, the Steelers are in the top 5 on defense nearly every year of this decade, but some dog mask wearing moron from Loserville [Cleveland] thinks he’s a better talent evaluator…

  20. daburgher says: Jul 27, 2011 12:29 AM

    @oldbrowndawg
    most ppl who understand the game know that Ike is more underrated than overrated. Polamalu is all over the place… rarely plays in the safety position.. Ike never has help and is always paired against the opposing teams best wideout

  21. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 12:38 AM

    Ike has a close personal relationship with the Rooneys and the team is a perennial contender. I’ve always questioned whether he was seriously interested in straying from Pittsburgh. He’s not the best corner in the league. In fact, I think Ike is somewhat overrated. But he’s the best corner in Pittsburgh unless an unknown sensation is waiting in the wings. Losing him would be a step backward, and since we’re weak in pass coverage, that’s not a direction we can afford to take. Glad they made this work.

  22. hobartbaker says: Jul 27, 2011 12:47 AM

    Ike’s single digit Wonderlic and mid double digit I.Q. wouldn’t play well outside of Pittsburgh. A case of a player born to be a Steeler.

  23. alonzo9mg says: Jul 27, 2011 12:49 AM

    Thank you, Kevin Colbert. You da man!

  24. flakazoid says: Jul 27, 2011 12:58 AM

    mirkymirc says:Jul 27, 2011 12:14 AM
    By the way Keenan Lewis blows and i hope they cut his ass.

    Isn’t Lewis amazing?!
    When he gets out there he looks like he’s never played football in his life. Incredible!

  25. flakazoid says: Jul 27, 2011 1:02 AM

    dirtyharry1971 says:Jul 27, 2011 12:06 AM
    Glad to see this news, Taylor sucks and i want him right where he was cause i cant wait to see great passing teams like the Pats or Pack just shred the steeler secondary over and over again! God thats good stuff to watch!

    ———————————————————

    But it takes the two best QBs in the league to do it. It sure hasn’t been done by the lame-ass QB from your favorite loser team.

  26. pouncey53fan says: Jul 27, 2011 1:05 AM

    I’m a diehard Steelers fan and I actually agree with the Browns fan about Ike Taylor being overrated (at least by Steeler fans). I really wish they would have gone after a both younger and cheaper option such as Richard Marshall. Let’s be honest, teams like the Spygateriots and Packers had a field day against the Steelers secondary even with Ike, so I don’t really get the point of signing a 31-year old corner to an expensive long-term contract.

    And he’s also not even close to the most important guy on their defense. Other than Ryan Clark and whichever crappy corner lines up on the other side, I would consider Ike the least valuable member of the Steelers defense. My real hope is they did not grossly overpay to keep him. The only real problem I have with what the Browns fan posted is about the defensive ends. Yes it’s very true that Keisel and Aaron Smith are aging, but they have two good young replacements waiting in the wings with Ziggy Hood and Cam Heyward. They do need to work on finding a nose tackle in the very near future to take over for Big Snack (Hampton). As for Polamalu, well he’s invaluable to the defense. I consider him the captain as well as the heart and soul of the defense. That’s just not a guy you say okay, let’s replace him.

  27. halftermguv says: Jul 27, 2011 1:07 AM

    I’m glad the Steelers resigned him. He’s a great defender but average hands…too many dropped balls.

    What’s with the Packer fans posting here?

    What do you call a tractor pulling a hay wagon full of Packer fans? The Green Bay Mass Transit System.

    What do you call 14 mobile homes surrounded by chain link fence? A Green Bay gated community.

  28. buckeye044 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:18 AM

    @ oldbrowndawg

    Please let us all know when you get a professional team. Until then, shut your yapper.

  29. paulieorkid says: Jul 27, 2011 1:22 AM

    A lot of you guys would be ideal to serve as imposters to Rich Kotite. Complete unmitigated simpletons – but ya think ya got it all figgered out.

    It’s just so cute that you know football better than HOF’er Dick LeBeau, Troy Polamalu himself who lobbied and Mike Tomlin, who won some hardware as the DB coach of Tampa when they won their Lombardi.

    But still, it’s great to see some of you chumps think you can break it down.

  30. nickster31 says: Jul 27, 2011 3:11 AM

    oldbrowndawg says: Jul 26, 2011 11:48 PM

    Overrated, likely overpaid, and without Polamalu, likely will get beat over the top on a regular basis. But since he wears Black and Yellow (NOT gold), the Steeler bots will praise him ’til the cows come home. Let’s see how well he does now that age will start catching up with him (and Hampton, and Keisel, and Aaron Smith, and Polamalu, and, well you get the point).

    ********************************************

    WOW, A Browns fan not liking a move the Steelers made? What a shock.

    Overrated – Consistantly covers the other teams best WR – and does it well.
    Overpaid – No details yet
    Beat deep? – Not by a Browns player.

    Gold / Yellow – Still better than Brown!
    Steelers Bots will praise him – Funny, I have heard MANY Browns fans wanted the stains to sign Ike to play opposite of Hayden.

    And you list of old players, most of which the Steelers already have their replacement on the roster, are STILL better than anyone on the Browns.

    Keep hating, we will keep winning.

  31. danrooneyii says: Jul 27, 2011 5:22 AM

    lol@Richard Marshall. Why he developed any buzz is a surprise to me. He sucks.

  32. mr4thand1 says: Jul 27, 2011 8:22 AM

    Glad to see the Steelers have found a way to keep Ike…………”SWAGGIN’!”

    “Here we go STEELERS, HERE WE GO!!!!!!”

  33. aldashex86 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:04 AM

    @whitesheetz

    Casey Hampton is not the most important defensive player. We won the superbowl in 06 without him and shut down the MVP in that game.

    @medtxpack

    Show me highlights from the game of Ike getting “punked”. He hasn’t let a WR get over 100 yards on him since I don’t know when. And no TD in the SB was on him. Greg Jennings 2 TD’s were against a zone and Ike shut him down when he was on him.

    @oldbrowndawg

    In case you haven’t noticed Ziggy is pretty good and is either going to replace Smith or be moved to the middle to replace Snack. Cam Heyward will replace either end as well.

    Overrated?? More like underrated. Our secondary gives him a bad rep but, he hasn’t let a WR get over 100 on him since I think ’09 vs. the Texans….and that was Dre Johnson. When Ike is manned up he is one of the best in the game he just doesn’t get the pub that Revis does because the Jets have no stars in their front 7 but, still get it done. So he gets put on a pedastal and fakes a hammy injury when he gets beat deep by Moss.

    Ike plays on a team where on defense he is about the 6th or 7th name you think of. Because of that people think he is not good. Last year the 2 WR’s to go over 100 yards in the reg season were Roddy and T.O….who were both gaurded by McFadden.

    @dirtyharry1971

    Go ahead and watch the games where we were shredded by the Pack and Pats and try and find plays where Ike gets beat consistently. Because he wasn’t. Willie Gay allowed 3 Grokowski TD’s against the pats and their other tds were a Brady rush and a pick 6.

    Come one people. THINK before you post.

  34. aldashex86 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:04 AM

    Come **on** that should say.

  35. countyk66ers says: Jul 27, 2011 9:10 AM

    “Ike Taylor he ain’t nothin'”

    Lil’ Wayne

  36. blackngold4life says: Jul 27, 2011 10:43 AM

    Thats the Rooneys bein cheap again..while other team (Ravens) stay busy in free agency tyring to get over the Steelers hump Pitt stays status quo..if they dont realize the secondary is the “WEAKEST LINK” On the team somethings wrong..but i guess having one simi good DB is better then haven none right? Plus Ike is the only one who can play man to man (tragic) and please get rid of William Gay..hes awfull! LMMFAO @ ANY BROWNS FAN SAYIN ANYTHING..THE NFLS AAA TEAM..And to all these Packer fans finally speakin after wipen Brett Favre tears away..get ova yaselfs u got 2 “LOMBARDI” TROPHIES since the AFL ended

  37. aldashex86 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:02 AM

    @blackngold4life

    Please stop. You’re embarrassing other Steelers fans.

    First off, this was a great signing, Ike is a great corner and the cheapest one who would help us right now. What you and others don’t realize is he can’t play against everyone. Ike was never the problem in our secondary.

    Secondly, the Packers have 4 SB wins. And don’t hold all Packers fans accountable for one idiot making a dumb statement. Because, I don’t want to be held accountable for what you say.

  38. aldashex86 says: Jul 27, 2011 11:06 AM

    Oh and BTW, this is not baseball. There is a salary cap. So that “Rooney’s are cheap” thing is off base being as that we are one of the few teams in the league OVER the salary cap. Nnamdi was never an option and neither was Joseph. And for that matter neither are Ronnie Brown, Deangelo Williams, Heap, or Sidney Rice. Real fans know that much.

  39. Deb says: Jul 27, 2011 11:21 AM

    @countyk66ers …

    Well, if Lil’ Wayne said it, then it must be so. He’s revered for his football expertise.

    @blackngold4life …

    True free agency doesn’t even start until Friday, but we’ve locked up the guy teams who can’t afford Asomugha would be gunning for. That was a pretty good day’s work. One reason we aren’t scrambling like the Ravens is because we’re not the also-rans … they are. If it’s not broke …

    And when I say Ike is somewhat overrated, it’s because I mentally line up every corner against Rod Woodson and few can stand in that shadow.

  40. gnutella0 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:00 PM

    A little enlightenment for the know-nothings who deride Ike Taylor: he’s not the problem in Pittsburgh’s secondary. He’s good enough to be a solid starter. It’s all the CBs behind him that screw everything up. Bryant McFadden is better off as a nickel back instead of a starter, and William Gay is better off in a new field of employment instead of playing nickel. (Green Bay’s offensive gameplan in Super Bowl XLV was “find #22 and throw the ball to the receiver closest to him,” and it worked perfectly for them.)

    Pittsburgh’s secondary will shut down your primary WR, but be susceptible against your slot WR, or sometimes your TE. This illustrates both the skill of Ike Taylor and the utter lack of depth behind him. One name to remember, however, is Crezdon Butler, who showed glimpses of ballhawking when he played for Clemson. If he’s a quick learner, then he has the potential to be the first legitimate ballhawk CB that the Steelers have had since Rod Woodson — and those of you who don’t like the Steelers better hope that he doesn’t pan out, because with him as the #1 CB, Taylor as the #2 CB, and McFadden as the nickel back, the secondary suddenly changes from a liability to an asset for the Steelers.

  41. gnutella0 says: Jul 27, 2011 1:04 PM

    One more thing I’d like to add: using Lil’ Wayne’s opinion to justify your own isn’t going to win you any debates. Trust me.

  42. holeinone09 says: Jul 27, 2011 5:30 PM

    Happy Ike is staying. Yes, he has his problems but most do. When he was good, he was very good, but whe he was bad….. Unless you could pick up a proven star, they are much better off keeping him. The devil you know is better than the devil you don’t. But I hope they can add quality DBs since as a group their secondary has been porous. But on the other had they are tested the majority of plays since most teams give up trying to run the ball on us.

    GO STEELERS!!

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