Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  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)
The Pittsburgh Steelers are denying reports that veteran receiver Hines Ward with be released after news came out about the parting Friday night.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the team has denied claims that it thinks Ward is too expensive to bring back for a 15th season with the franchise.

Ward responded to the reports on his Facebook page, stating "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."

"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 has one year and $4 million remaining on his contract. The NFL Network was the first to report on the Steelers’ plans, saying Ward was open to playing with another team.

He caught just 46 balls for 381 yards and two touchdowns last season.
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