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CB Taylor Not Happy At All About Taking A Pay Cut

Ike Taylor

Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor still isn’t happy about taking a $4.25 million cut in his salary for the 2014 season to stay with the Steelers.

“I’m pissed off about it, still am pissed off about it and I’m going to be pissed off until the end of the season about it,” Taylor told The Jim Rome Show.

“Did it hurt me? Hell yeah. Does it still hurt? Yeah, it hurts, but hopefully I can go in and bounce back this year, do what I need to do on the field and we will see what happens after.”

The two-time Super Bowl champ said he had thoughts about leaving when he was asked for the significant cut in pay.

“I had seen a few guys who didn’t take pay cuts and went to other teams and it didn’t work out for them,” said Taylor. “So, at the end of the day, I didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh, point blank, period. I’ve got a lot of relationships – I have a lot of friends, I gained a lot of business relationships in Pittsburgh. Just hearing from other guys coming from other teams and being on the team with Pittsburgh, they say it’s like no other; it’s like day and night, so I’ll listen.”

Taylor says he was surprised the team came to him about the pay cut, believing he’d given enough to the only franchise he’s played for.

“It’s like you get to a point, why me? Like, I didn’t show my loyalty?” said Taylor. “I’ve been a good guy – not saying I’m flawless, I have my flaws, but you want to talk about a standup guy, who takes the blame even when he doesn’t have to. You want to talk about a guy who’s going to come in in-shape, not waiting to build up into shape when he gets to camp. Or you want to talk about a guy who’s unselfish and puts his team before his family and friends, you want to talk about a guy who has loyalty, yeah it’s me. It’s me you’re talking about. When you come to me and ask me for a pay cut, I’m like ‘Damn, out of all these people, you want to ask Ike.’”

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. Dave B.

    June 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Ike , Youve been a great player for a long time , but the facts are this . Youre 34 years old and coming off one of the worst seasons of your career . The Steelers had no choice but to do what they did and deep down you know that . Play out this last year and ride off into the sunset . Youve played in three Super Bowls and won two . Theres nothing left to prove .

  2. pete

    July 2, 2014 at 4:14 pm

    WHY ME??? well maybe because your to old, can’t cover one on one, yes you can tackle, 20 -30 yds down field after the catch, you never did make many interceptions, way over paid to start with! SO IN A NUTSHELL QUIT TALKING AND START DOING WHAT YOU’VE ALWAYS TOLD US YOU CAN DO!!!! I’D RATHER LOSE WITH YOUTH LEARNING THAN GEEZERS RUNNING THYEIR MOUTHS ABOUT THE GOOD OL’DAYS!!

  3. Mario

    July 2, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Quit your crying and go into free agency and see who will pay you anything!

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