Hines Ward has stated publicly that he wants to return to the Steelers next season even if it means a reduced role in the offense as well as a pay cut . I say if Hines is willing to do that ,then he deserves one last year . Hines Ward has been the face of the Steeler franchise for the last ten years and helped bring two Super Bowl championships to the city of Pittsburgh . I'll be the first to agree that Hines is not the player he was four or five years ago but if used correctly he can still be one of the better possession receivers in the game . For the coaches to say he could no longer be a factor in the offense is completely unfair . How can any player in the NFL , young or old be a factor in the game when they're standing on the sideline holding their helmet ? With Emanuelle Sanders missing several games this year due to a broken bone in his foot there was room for Hines Ward on the field but the coaches said , sorry Hines no playing time for you . To me thats a little unfair to a guy that is the all time receptions leader in the history of your organization passing not only one but two Hall of Famers in Lynn Swann and John Stallworth . Somehow that just doesnt seem right .