It appears the Steelers have made their decision on the future of Hines Ward. The verdict: not to bring him back.
Ward was not much of factor this past season. The emergence of the Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders limited his role in the offense. Ward’s age could have also been a reason why he wasn’t on the field that much. He has surely has lost a step or two.
Despite Ward’s past success and contribution, the NFL is all about what have you done for me now. In 2011, Ward’s numbers were the lowest since his rookie season. He only caught 46 passes for 381 yards with 2 touchdowns.
Ward was scheduled to make $4 million in the last two years of his contract. The fact is no team in the league is willing to pay this kind of money for a receiver who cannot contribute on every down.
If the report is indeed true, it will be a sad day for Steelers fans across the country. Ward has been one of fan favorites ever since he arrived in the Steel City. He will go down as one of the best Steelers in the franchise’s history.
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