Ike Taylor agrees to new contract with Steelers

AP

Ike Taylor will remain in Pittsburgh.

Taylor, the veteran cornerback who was considered a possible cap casualty, announced on Twitter that he will be staying with the Steelers. He is presumably agreeing to a pay cut to give the Steelers some cap relief.

In announcing the new deal, Taylor referred to himself as a “lifer” who plans to retire playing for the Rooney family and for longtime defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

Taylor, who will turn 34 in May, joined the Steelers as a fourth-round draft pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette in 2003. He started all 16 games for the Steelers in 2013.

35 responses to “Ike Taylor agrees to new contract with Steelers

  1. Not the best in the league, but he best we have. I am glad he remains a Steeler. We need him in our 2014 championship run.

  2. Good deal. He’s established in Pittsburgh and no one else will give him any loot. He’s capable.

  3. Quite honestly, I love Ike. That guy was so raw coming out of LA-Lafayette, and he worked his ass off.

  4. Great to see a player who started with a team still find a way to remain with that team…….Hope it works out for him to retire there.

  5. Ugh. It’s deals like this that have helped me continue to lose faith in the Tomlin/Colbert regime as our roster gets older and more incapable. You’re telling me that money couldn’t be used better on someone more effective? Pull out game tape from the last 2/3 of the season to see that’s not exactly hard to do. Frustrating.

  6. I don’t know ! Anyone else remember when Cowher benched him for getting beat too many times?

    This past year was tough on him. I would prefer a new kid to start the next few years… too many old guys for a run in 2014

  7. Don’t get too excited Ike- they’ll extend you then cut you when they are $20M over the cap again next year. Why these players keep taking one for the team in Pitt only to have the franchise turn on them and drop them within a year or two is beyond me. What are they promising? “Seriously guys we will make the playoffs this year and we don’t have to worry about Tebow anymore…” I feel terrible for these players…

  8. Don’t get too excited Ike- they’ll extend you then cut you when they are $20M over the cap again next year. Why these players keep taking one for the team in Pitt only to have the franchise turn on them and drop them within a year or two is beyond me. What are they promising? “Seriously guys we will make the playoffs this year and we don’t have to worry about Tebow anymore…” I feel terrible for these players…

    Being a Ravens fan you know nothing about family, team, and not beating women. Why would you understand a player who values retiring with a class organization….a team that supported Ray the slasher Lewis and one punch Ray Rice would not at track that type of reaction from a player.

  9. What’s crazy is that even at his age he’s still one of the better CBs in the AFC. Like Troy, the Steelers aren’t just keeping them around for sentimental purposes.

  10. Guy’s going to be a steal at this price! They’ll move him to FS to replace Ryan Clark and, mark my words, it will add at least 2-3 more very productive seasons for Ike. Rod and Charles Woodson extended their HOF careers making the same transition within the same defensive scheme.

  11. Lol you raven fans crack me up. You talk like ike and the players we sign. Look who you resigned Suggs hes on the decline. You keep faith on upper cut ray rice now you o line man go arrested. Your going to loose your best lb in Darrell Smith and jones. But great thing is are avg age on defense is now 27yrs so old folks home yeah ok.

  12. Ike draws the best receiver every week, he isn’t elite but he holds his own. The steelers are keeping this core 1-2 years for a Super Bowl shot. They will be in the mix this year.
    They know when someone still has gas in the tank.

  13. This is good news. Glad they could work
    something out, and Ike will have a role to play
    next season. No one works harder and
    I’m happy he’ll be a Steeler for life.
    Way to go , Ike.

  14. Keep another player for the geriatric squad. The team will need to replace benches for wheelchairs next season.

  15. The only fools questioning Ike’s skills are Steelers haters &/or…well, fools! Ike was instrumental in limiting all the opposing teams #1’s to virtual non-factors throughout the year last year. Keeping him in the fold allows the Steelers to focus on biggest needs…like NG, WR, LB, DE, LT & young CB (in that order) in F.A. & the draft.

    Great Job Steelers!

  16. Of course. Not many sports reporters mention that the Rooney family loves Ike Taylor, his kids refer to Dan as grandpa Rooney. Their relationship is more personal than professional at this point in his career.

    Ike is a great guy off the field and in the locker room. He has lost a step on the field, but he is the ultimate team player and will take a back seat/mentor role to the up and coming DBs drafted by the Steelers.

  17. Probably the most underrated cornerback in the league over the past decade. He was a starter for two Super Bowl winning teams and routinely shut down top receivers. People will remember him for that ugly game against Tebow, but age catches up to every man. Ike’s legacy in Pittsburgh was set long before that game.

  18. You have to at least consider taking Ike Taylor in a forehead contest with Peyton Manning.

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