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Bringing Back Ike Taylor the Biggest Priority of the Steelers When Lockout Ends

Re-signing veteran cornerback Ike Taylor will be the top priority of the Steelers when the lockout ends, writes Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The 31-year-old Taylor has spent his entire eight-year career with the Steelers, starting 91 of 125 games and recording 99 passes defensed, but with just 11 interceptions.

In addition to Taylor, William Gay, who has started 18 games over the last two seasons, is expected to become an unrestricted free agent when the lockout ends. The Steelers have veteran Bryant McFadden under contract through 2012, and have used early and mid-round picks in recent years on Keenan Lewis (2009), Curtis Brown and Cortez Allen (2011). As talented as the younger corners are, Lewis has not shown the ability to handle a starting job and it may be asking too much of the rookies to replace Taylor in Year One.

While Taylor would prefer to remain with the Steelers, the Louisiana native is open to playing in another NFL city.

“Time will tell,” Taylor said last month according to Hunter Paniagua of The Times-Picayune. “I’ve been there (Pittsburgh) for eight years. I’ve been in that city more than any other city in my whole life. But time will tell.

“I see myself being anywhere I need to be. Wherever you put me, I’m going to make home.”

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.



  1. Bart

    July 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    Ike is an arrogant, swaggin’, idiot with no loyalty to the Steelers or any other team. It’s all about cash and clout for him. Let him go and don’t go out of your way to keep him around.

  2. Ron

    July 8, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    Ike Had Earned a spot in the Steelers Roster! If he is looking for a Fat Pay day with a loosing Team then Go! Remeber the Great ones … forget the ones who Quit for the Money ! Ike will end up like Jager Playing for a Crappy team… Crappy Aditude… and Good Riddens.

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