Originally posted on SteelerAddicts  |  Last updated 2/12/12

CLEVELAND - DECEMBER 10: Hines Ward #86 and James Farrior #51 of the Pittsburgh Steelers stand on the sideline during the game against the Cleveland Browns on December 10, 2009 at Cleveland Browns Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won the game 13-6. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Cutting ties with a guy like Hines Ward is never easy. Nobody wants to do it and you look like the bad guy when it happens, but the smart business decision is to let Hines walk and find a way to bring back Jerricho Cotchery. Take the emotion out of it and look at it objectively and you see that it’s the unfortunate reality of what needs to happen. Ward has been the best receiver in team history, his legacy is secure and one day he’ll be in Canton.  Hines’ career stats speak for themselves: 217 games played, starting in 190 of them, 1000 receptions, 12,083 receiving yards, and 85 Touchdowns. That’s a resume worthy of any accolade you can come up with. In this day and age though you can no longer hold on to aging veterans just because of what they’ve meant to the team. Nobody likes to see such a legendary player leave on bad terms but even Ward knows this is a business. If the team does cut him he won’t throw a fit and lash out on Facebook or Twitter saying how he was run off the team...
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