Ward met with coach Mike Tomlin this week and has met with team president Art Rooney II as well in an effort to express how much he’d like to stay in Pittsburgh. Ward slipped down the depth chart last season and his playing time doesn’t figure to increase without an injury to one of the Steelers lead receivers. Still, Ward is willing to pare down his $4 million salary and thinks he can still be a contributor on the field. That leaves the ball in the Steelers’ court.
“We have so many issues, we’re $30 million over the cap,” Ward said to Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “We have to figure a way to get that down. My cap number is not huge if I restructure. There’s like 10 other guys they have to get. They really didn’t say. It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad. We were just talking.”
Ward passed on the chance to say much — “I don’t have anything negative to say, I’d just rather not say anything.” — about departed offensive coordinator Bruce Arians and his decision to cut Ward’s playing time last season. Ward also offered no insight into his plans if the Steelers decide not to bring him back next season.