Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 3/2/12

For those in Steelers Nation still shaken over the departure of Hines Ward, not to worry. There’s a chance you’ll see him on at least two occasions next season.

Beat writer Ed Bouchette joined Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan Thursday to discuss Ward’s future, and opined how he thinks the veteran receiver would “love” to play for a certain divisional rival.

“I think he’d love to play in Baltimore. I don’t think he’s thinking of legacies right now,” he said of Ward. “These guys want to play… once they quit, they’re done.”

While it’s a fairly blasphemous statement, Bouchette has covered the team for nearly the last three decades, so it’s safe to say he’s plugged into Ward’s thinking.

As for why the four-time Pro Bowler would break a cardinal rule of the NFL by switching allegiances, Bouchette noted that Ward may now have a chip on his shoulder after unceremoniously being kicked to the curb.

“First of all, last year when they demoted him, he didn’t kick and moan and scream about it, and you know, he told them he’d take a pay cut,” said Bouchette. “They never talked money though and the longer that went on, you obviously saw that their intent was not to accept him at even minimum wage.”

And if not from the Ravens, expect Ward to still draw interest elsewhere.

“He turns 36 next week, so teams are going to look at that, but I think there will be some interest for varied reasons,” he said. “Some being that not everybody has a good stock of receivers and they look at this guy as a possession receiver, not a speed guy, obviously. Someone who can get you maybe that 3rd-and-5 on a pass over the middle, and maybe be next to someone who is young and needs to be shown how to act professionally, how to run routes and that kind of thing. The way Hines has done for a lot of young receiver here. But I don’t think he’s a starter anymore, and I don’t know where he’s going to land.”

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