The 2014 NFL season wasn't very kind to Pittsburgh Steelers' cornerback Ike Taylor. A broken forearm had him sidelined for the majority of the season, and when given medical clearance his play left plenty to be desired. The end result was Taylor being benched for Antwon Blake and Brice McCain and watching the Steelers lose to the Baltimore Ravens in the Wild Card Round of the AFC Playoffs.
When the dust of the playoff lost settled, Taylor seemed at peace with the thought of playing his last game with the Steelers and in the NFL.
"I am very cool with this being my last year," Taylor told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. "As far as putting the cleats up, I have years left. I have a lot of years left. I am not ready to make that final decision, but I am cool hanging my cleats up if it comes to it."
"As far as the Steelers organization, it doesn't have to be with the cleats anymore," Taylor later said. "I can be in the office. I can be at the bottom and work my way up. I can be an assistant. I don't mind working my way from the bottom up."
As most fans prepared for Taylor's retirement announcement, the veteran cornerback sang a different tune while traveling to Arizona for the Super Bowl. While on Pro Football Talk Live with Mike Florio, Taylor talked not only about coming back in 2015, but possibly changing positions from cornerback to safety to try and extend his career.
The ultimate factor of Taylor's future could fall in line with his now former defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.
"If Coach LeBeau's there, yes. If the time and money is right, yes," Taylor said when asked if he would want to follow LeBeau wherever he decides to coach in 2015.
There are a lot of factors which will ultimately lead to Taylor's future in the NFL as a player, but it doesn't seem Taylor is content to hang up the cleats just yet. Although it doesn't seem likely he will return to Pittsburgh, his future might be with another NFL franchise as he finishes his long and successful career.