One year ago, an entire city was shocked by a decision made by the Pittsburgh Steelers to release outside linebacker James Harrison. Now, could the same action be taken against one of the franchise’s best cornerbacks? Yes, it’s true — the Steelers are in salary cap trouble this year and the result may see Ike Taylor no longer be a part of the organization.
What are the odds? According to Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette, they do not favor the 33-year-old corner. Taylor’s cap hits comes in at nearly $12 million, and an extension to a player like him in the latter part of his career will most definitely not be happening anytime soon. So like Dulac said, unless Taylor takes a big salary cut, he may want to start packing his bags.
The worries do not stop there for the Steelers. The black and gold must find a way to get back outside linebacker Jason Worilds, who will be an unrestricted free agent in 2014. Worilds finished the season as one of the top young players on the defense and supplied the Steelers with 21 quarterback hurries.
How will it end for Taylor? Will he take the huge pay cut to play out his career where he started? The rest remains unwritten.