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Sources close to the Pittsburgh Steelers denied a report that the team had decided to let Hines Ward leave, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Sunday.
The NFL Network, citing sources, indicated the veteran wide receiver was judged to be too expensive to be brought back for a 15th season with the Steelers.
The sources said the Steelers could not find room for the fading star as they restructure contracts and maneuver below the salary cap.
But sources told the Post-Gazette that no decision had been made regarding Ward's future with the team.
Ward, who has one year and $4 million left on his current deal, said last month he would be willing to take a drop in pay to stay with the black and gold.
He reiterated his commitment to the team in a Facebook posting Saturday, saying he wanted to finish his career in Pittsburgh and was open to restructuring his contract.
The NFL Network also said Ward, 35, was open to playing elsewhere next season if he could not work out a new deal.
"I don't normally like to respond to rumors, but as I've said all along, I want to finish my career with the Pittsburgh Steelers," Ward wrote on his Facebook page.
"And as I've already told the organization, I am willing to work with them to restructure my contract to make sure this happens," he added.
Ward endured his worst season on the field last year, making just 46 catches for 381 yards while sliding down the depth chart before the Steelers were dumped out of the playoffs by the Denver Broncos.
The two-time Super Bowl winner has spent all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Steelers.
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Friday evening Jason La Canfora reported that the Pittsburgh Steelers do not intended to bring back veteran wide receiver Hines Ward for the 2012 season, but Scott Brown from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports via Twitter today that Ward's representatives have yet to hear from Steelers. Ward has a clause in his contract that says he has to be let known his status for 2012...
With many teams starting to feel the effects of the new salary cap that goes in effect this season, the Steelers are no different. Some teams like the Cleveland Browns are some $33 million under and have to spend that money and then there is team like the Pittsburgh Steelers whom are $10 million over and now are running around restructuring contracts and releasing unwanted...
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward jumped on his Facebook page to tell fans that he’s willing to restructure his $4 million contract in order to remain with the team.
It was a last ditch effort to save his job.
Ward’s Facebook post is in response to an NFL Network report that the Steelers are planning to cut the 14-year NFL veteran in an effort to get under the salary cap.
He’s staying, he’s going, he wants to play, they don’t want him back, it’s almost a circus now with Hines Ward. Let’s face it folks, it hasn’t exactly been a normal offseason for the Steelers. The fiasco that was the Bruce Arians “retirement” I’m sure is something they’d rather forget. Then the constant questioning of who’s running the show in Pittsburgh...
PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't ready to part ways with Hines Ward just yet.General manager Kevin Colbert said Monday the team has had "internal discussions" on what to do with the franchise's all-time leading receiver, but no decision has been made.NFL.com reported last week the Steelers were planning ...
The Pittsburgh Steelers, with a Hines Ward roster-bonus deadline fast approaching, have decided not to keep the veteran receiver, the NFL Network has reported, citing unnamed sources.
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh, offering to restructure his contract to do it.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward wants to retire with the Pittsburgh Steelers, offering to restructure his contract to do it.
The Pittsburgh Steelers aren't ready to part ways with Hines Ward just yet.
Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh, offering to restructure his contract to do it.
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Steelers' wide receiver Hines Ward wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh, offering to restructure his contract to do it.
PFT Live is back on Monday. And it’s actually live. Florio welcomes Joe Starkey from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review to go over the latest with Hines Ward, Todd Haley, and the gang in Pittsburgh. I will also join the show to talk about Randy Moss, Peyton Manning, and anything else Florio wants to surprise me with.…