The NFL Network has reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers are planning on not bringing back long time Steelers receiver Hines Ward for the 2012 season.
Ward, 35, was scheduled to make $4 million next season, but told Steelers management that he was willing to take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh. The Steelers had to make a decision by March 1 because of a clause in his contract.
Ward lost his starting job this past season and had his lowest numbers in just about every receiving category since his rookie season in 1998.
When asked about his future at the Super Bowl media center, he said he planned on playing next season, but when asked about three to five years in the future, he said, "I don't know about that long."
Ward holds every major Steelers receiving record with 1,000 receptions, 12,083 yards, and 85 touchdowns.