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hawaiiansteel
02-03-2012, 03:39 PM
The waiting game: Hines Ward puts ball in Steelers' court

Friday, February 03, 2012
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Wide receiver Hines Ward told coach Mike Tomlin and team president Art Rooney II that he would like to return to the Steelers next season.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hines Ward talked to Mike Tomlin on Monday at the Steelers facility on the South Side and to team president Art Rooney II earlier, letting them know he wants to play in 2012 in Pittsburgh.

"I just wanted to let them know I want to be here, I want to play," said Ward, who on Sunday will be part of NBC's five-hour Super Bowl pregame show. "I have two years on my contact. I know I have to restructure, but, under the circumstances, I think I can still play football."

The '11 season was difficult for the veteran receiver. He was benched as a starter and buried deep on the depth chart for the Nov. 13 game against Cincinnati, then reinstalled as the starter in the next game against Kansas City. Ultimately, a concerted and successful effort was made to provide him with the opportunity to make his 1,000th career reception in the regular-season finale in Cleveland.

Ward maintained throughout the season that he wanted to play in '12. The unknown is whether the Steelers want him. He said he received no specific indication from Rooney and Tomlin about their intentions but got somewhat of a feeling they want him back.

"We have so many issues, we're $30 million over the cap," Ward said. "We have to figure a way to get that down. My cap number is not huge if I restructure [$4 million in salary]. There's like 10 other guys they have to get.

"They really didn't say [definitively]. It wasn't good, it wasn't bad. We were just talking."

Ward, the most prolific and decorated Steelers receiver of all time, opened his 14th season as he did the previous 12, as one of two starters. He caught 20 passes in his first five games but finished with 46, the lowest total since his rookie season in 1998.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, thought to be the one who recommended Ward be demoted, did not have his contract renewed by the Steelers and accepted a job Monday as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.

"I'm not going to get into whatever happened last season," Ward said of his demotion.

"I don't think about Bruce leaving. I wish him nothing but the best. I don't know if he was an obstacle. I was a player, he was the coach, they made decisions, and I moved on. I don't have anything negative to say, I'd just rather not say anything."

Ward, who turns 36 March 8, had surgery to remove bone fragments from his right ankle. He will resume working out Monday at home in suburban Atlanta toward what he hopes will be his 15th season with the Steelers.

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Steelers>NFL
02-03-2012, 03:59 PM
The waiting game: Hines Ward puts ball in Steelers' court

Friday, February 03, 2012
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/201202/ward.1_330.jpg

Wide receiver Hines Ward told coach Mike Tomlin and team president Art Rooney II that he would like to return to the Steelers next season.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hines Ward talked to Mike Tomlin on Monday at the Steelers facility on the South Side and to team president Art Rooney II earlier, letting them know he wants to play in 2012 in Pittsburgh.

"I just wanted to let them know I want to be here, I want to play," said Ward, who on Sunday will be part of NBC's five-hour Super Bowl pregame show. "I have two years on my contact. I know I have to restructure, but, under the circumstances, I think I can still play football."

The '11 season was difficult for the veteran receiver. He was benched as a starter and buried deep on the depth chart for the Nov. 13 game against Cincinnati, then reinstalled as the starter in the next game against Kansas City. Ultimately, a concerted and successful effort was made to provide him with the opportunity to make his 1,000th career reception in the regular-season finale in Cleveland.

Ward maintained throughout the season that he wanted to play in '12. The unknown is whether the Steelers want him. He said he received no specific indication from Rooney and Tomlin about their intentions but got somewhat of a feeling they want him back.

"We have so many issues, we're $30 million over the cap," Ward said. "We have to figure a way to get that down. My cap number is not huge if I restructure [$4 million in salary]. There's like 10 other guys they have to get.

"They really didn't say [definitively]. It wasn't good, it wasn't bad. We were just talking."

Ward, the most prolific and decorated Steelers receiver of all time, opened his 14th season as he did the previous 12, as one of two starters. He caught 20 passes in his first five games but finished with 46, the lowest total since his rookie season in 1998.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, thought to be the one who recommended Ward be demoted, did not have his contract renewed by the Steelers and accepted a job Monday as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.

"I'm not going to get into whatever happened last season," Ward said of his demotion.

"I don't think about Bruce leaving. I wish him nothing but the best. I don't know if he was an obstacle. I was a player, he was the coach, they made decisions, and I moved on. I don't have anything negative to say, I'd just rather not say anything."
Ward, who turns 36 March 8, had surgery to remove bone fragments from his right ankle. He will resume working out Monday at home in suburban Atlanta toward what he hopes will be his 15th season with the Steelers.

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Spoken like a true veteran leader he is. :Clap

Oviedo
02-03-2012, 04:03 PM
The waiting game: Hines Ward puts ball in Steelers' court

Friday, February 03, 2012
By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/images/201202/ward.1_330.jpg

Wide receiver Hines Ward told coach Mike Tomlin and team president Art Rooney II that he would like to return to the Steelers next season.

INDIANAPOLIS -- Hines Ward talked to Mike Tomlin on Monday at the Steelers facility on the South Side and to team president Art Rooney II earlier, letting them know he wants to play in 2012 in Pittsburgh.

"I just wanted to let them know I want to be here, I want to play," said Ward, who on Sunday will be part of NBC's five-hour Super Bowl pregame show. "I have two years on my contact. I know I have to restructure, but, under the circumstances, I think I can still play football."

The '11 season was difficult for the veteran receiver. He was benched as a starter and buried deep on the depth chart for the Nov. 13 game against Cincinnati, then reinstalled as the starter in the next game against Kansas City. Ultimately, a concerted and successful effort was made to provide him with the opportunity to make his 1,000th career reception in the regular-season finale in Cleveland.

Ward maintained throughout the season that he wanted to play in '12. The unknown is whether the Steelers want him. He said he received no specific indication from Rooney and Tomlin about their intentions but got somewhat of a feeling they want him back.

"We have so many issues, we're $30 million over the cap," Ward said. "We have to figure a way to get that down. My cap number is not huge if I restructure [$4 million in salary]. There's like 10 other guys they have to get.

"They really didn't say [definitively]. It wasn't good, it wasn't bad. We were just talking."

Ward, the most prolific and decorated Steelers receiver of all time, opened his 14th season as he did the previous 12, as one of two starters. He caught 20 passes in his first five games but finished with 46, the lowest total since his rookie season in 1998.

Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians, thought to be the one who recommended Ward be demoted, did not have his contract renewed by the Steelers and accepted a job Monday as offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis Colts.

"I'm not going to get into whatever happened last season," Ward said of his demotion.

"I don't think about Bruce leaving. I wish him nothing but the best. I don't know if he was an obstacle. I was a player, he was the coach, they made decisions, and I moved on. I don't have anything negative to say, I'd just rather not say anything."
Ward, who turns 36 March 8, had surgery to remove bone fragments from his right ankle. He will resume working out Monday at home in suburban Atlanta toward what he hopes will be his 15th season with the Steelers.

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Spoken like a true veteran leader he is. :Clap


Exactly why he does need to be back next season to mentor a young group of WRs who could very easily get full of themselves as they experience more success.

RuthlessBurgher
02-03-2012, 04:17 PM
It's great that Hines wants to be back and is willing to take a pay cut. But the same is probably also true of Casey Hampton, James Farrior, Aaron Smith, and others. The team won't be able to keep all of them at a smaller number for one more year. Some will need to sacrificed to the salary cap gods.

Discipline of Steel
02-03-2012, 07:59 PM
It's great that Hines wants to be back and is willing to take a pay cut. But the same is probably also true of Casey Hampton, James Farrior, Aaron Smith, and others. The team won't be able to keep all of them at a smaller number for one more year. Some will need to sacrificed to the salary cap gods.

True but i think he would be one of the ones retained. Guys with more recent and significant injury issues (like the three you mentioned) will be given the opportunity to heal more fully.

Shoe
02-03-2012, 10:39 PM
Hines is my favorite all-time Steeler, and when he originally came out with this stuff, I thought it was a media-driven move on his part. The more he talks though, he's convincing me that he is sincere in his desire to remain with the club.

As much as I hate to say it though, I'm not sure what he brings to the team. "Leadership"? (i.e. Mentorship) Do our guys still need that? It's not like they are little children. On the field? AB brings everything Hines brings. Red-zone? He's good there, as a security blanket type guy I guess. But the fact seems that he's not really necessary, especially with AB's emergence. Add Sanders, who should get reps (over Hines... not necessarily because he's WAY better, even though he may be... but because he's young and has room to improve).

I want Hines back, for my own nostalgic reasons. But as a strictly Steeler fan, I don't know.

pittpete
02-03-2012, 11:21 PM
Without Hines on this team, who's our number 4?
Cotchery is probably a goner unless we can sign him for Hines $$$$
Sanders hasn't proven he can play a whole season yet so who do we have?

hawaiiansteel
02-04-2012, 02:21 PM
Hines Ward Plans To Play For The Steelers Next Season

February 2, 2012

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The Steelers have a lot of decisions to make over the next month and one of them is whether or not to pay Hines Ward a roster bonus due in early March.

Ward is not against taking a pay cut, but, with the departure of Bruce Arians and a possible re-emphasis on the run game, Ward becomes more important in the blocking game.

Ward told reporters today at the Super Bowl, “I plan on playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and going from there.”

Talks will begin between the Steelers and Ward in the next two weeks.

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Chadman
02-04-2012, 10:29 PM
What if.....


Hines plays as a hybrid WR/FB/H-Back?

His blocking on the move is good, right? So for any sweep type play where the RB moves to the outside- Ward could shift from WR to the FB spot, then act as a semi-lead blocker. This allows the team to go dual TE- another mobile blocker at the line of scrimmage. Not saying Ward becomes a FB, but it could be gameplanned in.

And while he doesn't have the speed he used to, he can still move into the flats from this "FB" spot & take the dump-off. He's got to be better with the ball in his hands than Johnson, right?

hawaiiansteel
02-05-2012, 01:33 AM
Hines Ward recovering from ankle surgery

Posted by Evan Silva on February 4, 2012

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The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward is recovering from surgery to repair bone fragments in his ankle.

It’s the latest bit of confirmation that Ward intends to play football in 2012. He may have passed on the procedure if his career were over.

As to whether he’ll return to Pittsburgh, Ward has publicly put the ball in the Steelers’ court. He met face-to-face with coach Mike Tomlin and owner Art Rooney this week.

“They really didn’t say anything [definitively],” Ward told the Post-Gazette. “It wasn’t good, it wasn’t bad. We were just talking.”

In order to remain a Steeler, Ward will have to take a significant cut in pay. He’s owed a $4 million base salary, the Steelers are well over the cap, and Ward would enter the 2012 season as no better than the team’s No. 4 receiver.

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NottinghamForest_UK
02-05-2012, 06:06 PM
What if.....


Hines plays as a hybrid WR/FB/H-Back?

His blocking on the move is good, right? So for any sweep type play where the RB moves to the outside- Ward could shift from WR to the FB spot, then act as a semi-lead blocker. This allows the team to go dual TE- another mobile blocker at the line of scrimmage. Not saying Ward becomes a FB, but it could be gameplanned in.

And while he doesn't have the speed he used to, he can still move into the flats from this "FB" spot & take the dump-off. He's got to be better with the ball in his hands than Johnson, right?

I like this idea, do you think it could work?