Ike Taylor agrees to 1-year deal for $2.75 M salary. No years added. Cut from $7M salary. Saves team $4.25 M in cap room.— Ed Bouchette (@EdBouchette) March 11, 2014
Ike Taylor agreed to paycut to stay in da Burgh. Smart move. Loves team. Has HOF coordinator. Market already glutted with older corners— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) March 10, 2014
The Steelers will retain cornerback Ike Taylor on a reduced deal that will keep him in Pittsburgh for the 2014 season.
Taylor tweeted earlier Monday that he signed some kind of deal with the team. Jason La Canfora confirmed it, so all that's left is the amount of money the Steelers will save with Taylor's new deal.
The INK is about to dry on this paper...im a LIFER...#6BURGHfoalldemhatas...will retire as a ROONEY and a LEBEAU...✌️— Ike Taylor (@Ike_SwagginU) March 10, 2014
If this offseason is a movie, this is the big plot twist.
It hasn't been confirmed, although it appears it will be shortly. Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is either indicating he signed retirement papers, or he signed some kind of contract that is confirming he will remain in Pittsburgh at least for this season.
It's a cryptic tweet, and exciting in that way. Taylor was thought to be the likely target of a contract reduction or a release, and judging by what he wrote, it really could be either option.
Whether Taylor has accepted a new, revised contract, or he's retiring, it's certainly an optimistic way to say it. One thing about Taylor, he's always interesting. This kind of cliffhanger is a good example of it.
Steelers free agent safety Ryan Clark chimed in, suggesting Taylor is back as a player for the 2014 season.
Yes my brother @Ike_SwagginU is back in the Burgh!! As it should be. Congrats brother! Retire where you started. You deserve it— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) March 10, 2014
Stay tuned for updates on Taylor's contract situation