Steelers say no decision made yet on Hines Ward

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Steelers G.M. Kevin Colbert says that no decision has been regarding Hines Ward’s future with the team, despite a report that says Ward won’t be back in 2012.

That doesn’t mean NFL Network’s recent report is off.  The Steelers really can’t say anything else about Ward at the moment.

“To this current point, no final decisions have been made,” Colbert said about Ward and other veterans.  “We’ve had several discussions internally.  We’re right in the midst of our free agent evaluations of other teams’ free agents.  We’ll meet on those [on the Steelers roster] starting Thursday and carry through Monday.”

Ward is willing to take a lesser salary to return. But will he accept the minimum salary for a veteran of his experience?  Even if Ward would take that big a pay cut, there’s no guarantee the Steelers will want him back.

17 responses to “Steelers say no decision made yet on Hines Ward

  1. I just don’t see a role for him. He would be, at best, the #4 receiver. That gets him on the field for maybe 100 snaps per year. Maybe. And he doesn’t play special teams. It literally seems like a waste of a roster spot. Bring back Cotchery and fill the extra spot with a low-round draft pick who will play ST. Sorry, Hines, but it’s time.

  2. How does a league owned and operated network get away with presenting such rumors as news?

    Conflict of interest would be an understatement.

  3. Hines Ward is one of my top 5 favorite Steelers of all time, but I think he has played his last game as a Steeler. He is clearly two steps slower and was fazed out of the offense last year. Resign Jerricho and have draftees and FA fight it out for 5 WR spot. Even Franco finished his career in Seattle.

  4. Hine’s run blocking has always been his forte’, … and if you want to get back to that style of play …. you need that type of player. In that department, …. He’s still the best in the biz. (As far as wide receivers go.)


  5. Is it me, or are you guys really giving this dead horse a good going over? Really, I bleed black ‘n’ gold and love Hines, but … it’s just not top of my worry list. If he wants to play and they think he’s worth a roster spot, they’ll work something out. If they don’t think he’s worth a roster spot, he’ll retire. He just doesn’t have enough speed for another team to put up a lot of money. And I don’t think he wants to start over somewhere else.

    This decision is likely to drag out a while because the Steelers will have to get through free agency and crunch their numbers before they’ll know if they can bring Hines back. Colbert is going to do what’s best for the team.

  6. @Deb

    It’s not you …. were giving this dead horse a good one. 🙂 …oh and Happy Valentines Day!!!

  7. I think it’s about time for “Hiney” to quit making
    an “ass” outta himself and just retire already…

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