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Ike Taylor agrees to new contract with Steelers

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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.

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35 Responses to “Ike Taylor agrees to new contract with Steelers”
  1. prideof10000lakes says: Mar 10, 2014 7:46 PM

    This is what the Vikings don’t do, and need to start doing.

    Even zygi said he wanted to be like the Rooney family when he first bought the franchise

  2. ytownjoe says: Mar 10, 2014 7:46 PM

    Still got some fumes left in the tank. Congrats Ike.

  3. psmith7716 says: Mar 10, 2014 7:48 PM

    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.

  4. chinahand11 says: Mar 10, 2014 7:48 PM

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

  5. blindmansaidwhat says: Mar 10, 2014 7:49 PM

    While no longer a starting LCB or RCB, Taylor has the size and speed to excel at nickel back.

  6. flaccodelic says: Mar 10, 2014 7:49 PM

    That’s good news.

  7. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 10, 2014 7:53 PM

    Faceplant Me Ike will be with the Steelers for life, or until he turns 35, whichever comes first.

  8. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Mar 10, 2014 7:55 PM

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

  9. chawk12thman says: Mar 10, 2014 7:58 PM

    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.

  10. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Mar 10, 2014 8:09 PM

    Yes! Best CB in the league and still the most underrated. The world’s best franchise continues to make world class moves. We didn’t win six rings by chance.

  11. mytwooocents says: Mar 10, 2014 8:11 PM

    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.

  12. geezohman says: Mar 10, 2014 8:11 PM

    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

  13. rockthered1286 says: Mar 10, 2014 8:12 PM

    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…

  14. thegreatgabbert says: Mar 10, 2014 8:12 PM

    Seeing Ike always brings up the classic question, “Can you tell a single digit Wonderlic score by it’s cover?”.

  15. stuckthefeelers says: Mar 10, 2014 8:15 PM

    Great news for aj green, josh Gordon and Torrey smith!

  16. partmachine says: Mar 10, 2014 8:20 PM

    Another smart decision by the Steelers. He CAN still run, when chasing the guy with the ball.

  17. Nofoolnodrool says: Mar 10, 2014 8:26 PM

    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.

  18. richeisennflnetwork says: Mar 10, 2014 8:29 PM

    Ike has handled AJ Green just fine over the years.

  19. meatcarroll says: Mar 10, 2014 8:35 PM

    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.

  20. baltimoresnativeson says: Mar 10, 2014 8:37 PM

    Resume the holding, DPI, and illegal contact

  21. nicholascline says: Mar 10, 2014 8:47 PM

    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.

  22. slick50ks says: Mar 10, 2014 8:53 PM

    This guy was completely done three years ago. Now he’s just one of the worst CB’s in football.

    Sad.

  23. ravensdominate says: Mar 10, 2014 8:58 PM

    Yessssssss. Keep that old folks home in tact!!!

  24. pittsburgh361 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:11 PM

    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.

  25. pftsheriff says: Mar 10, 2014 9:13 PM

    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.

  26. jathomas724 says: Mar 10, 2014 9:15 PM

    He took a $4.25million pay cut to play just this year.
    Great deal for the steelers

  27. blue18hutthutt says: Mar 10, 2014 9:17 PM

    Underrated stalwart of a dominating D for the better part of the decade, even during down years

  28. Moudabo says: Mar 10, 2014 9:43 PM

    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.

  29. gbmickey says: Mar 10, 2014 10:11 PM

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

  30. dumbaseinstien says: Mar 10, 2014 10:16 PM

    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!

  31. scoobies05 says: Mar 10, 2014 10:29 PM

    just wondering if you ever have any new material. last I checked some of your boys have less then squeaky clean pasts too. hope you are well

  32. alchemistcirca1979 says: Mar 10, 2014 11:14 PM

    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.

  33. fancyleague says: Mar 10, 2014 11:52 PM

    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.

  34. laxcoach37 says: Mar 11, 2014 12:11 AM

    The Steelers are turning into an Old Age Home!

  35. oldschoolomen says: Mar 11, 2014 8:40 AM

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

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