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flippy
03-01-2012, 09:59 AM
Anyone have any guesses as to where Hines will land?

From his perspective, he probably wants to win another SuperBowl. He may want to reunite with former players/coaches. He may also may want to move to a certain location. And there may be teams he can add value by bringing his attitude.

My guess is he wants to position himself to make the most money he can after his football career. That means winning a SuperBowl and/or getting exposure in a big market.

Here's what I'd be considering if I were in his shoes:

1. NYG - Current SuperBowl champs. No reason they can't make another run. And it's the biggest market in the country. I bet Coughlin would love to have him.

2. NYJ - This team desperately could use some veteran leadership. This team is f'd up on many levels. But it's a big market. They have some talent. And Hines could help change the culture.

3. Houston - I think they're the best team in football top to bottom. They lack playoff experience. Hines could help infuse a higher expectation level in this team and may be able to propel them to a championship level. And they run the ball and Hines adds the most value in terms of his blocking.

4. Wherever Peyton Manning goes. Loads of media attention. Peyton's probably looking to win too. Even better if it's Miami because there will be lots of media and he can hang out on South Beach with Lebron and DWade.

5. Indy or Wherever RG3 lands - Hines could be the perfect WR to help a young QB. Plus both of these teams will have a big spotlight.

6. Atlanta - Gets to go home. Could add a veteran presence to get this young/talented team over the hump.

7. Arizona - Where old Steelers go out to pasture. He'd help the running game. He'd never get covered with Fitz. And double bonus if they land Peyton.

8. Carolina - A young team with a promising young QB that's committed to running the ball. Hines could get them over the hump and help turn them into a winning program.

9. NE - They don't need him. Not even sure how much they'd use him. But it's a winning program. He'll get attention there. And he's the type of player Billy B would probably love to have on the roster.

10. Philly - Reid's never won a SuperBowl. Hines attitude and approach might help get this talented team over the hump.

11. Dallas - A team with young talent at the WR position that could use some leadership.

12. St Louis - Could help a young team. Jeff Fisher wants to build a winning program. Bringing in a guy like Ward could help him accelerate his build out.

I guess I can make a case for just about anyone really. But my best guess is Hines tries to get to NY with either the Giants or Jets.

And the best fit where he could add the most value is Houston.

pfelix73
03-01-2012, 10:15 AM
I think he's gonna re-sign with the Steelers later this summer....

:tt1

phillyesq
03-01-2012, 10:20 AM
My preferences is:

1) Anybody but the Ravens or Pats*

2) Nowhere else in the division

3) Retirement

4) Arizona

JUST-PLAIN-NASTY
03-01-2012, 10:32 AM
On a set on Sundays.

Steelhere10
03-01-2012, 10:39 AM
No where. Marvin H. Sat the sideline because of age. Hines won't get signed be of cause of age. Outside of steeler nation I doubt anyone else think that he could play at a decent level now.

Steelers>NFL
03-01-2012, 11:13 AM
Chicago Bears or Denver Broncos

The Man of Steel
03-01-2012, 11:19 AM
The NFL Network, or if he's really desperate for money and has no pride left, NBC.

phillyesq
03-01-2012, 12:05 PM
Made me throw up in my mouth a little:

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/03/01/ed-bouchette-ward-would-love-to-play-in-baltimore/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

flippy
03-01-2012, 12:13 PM
I bet Hines would love the opportunity to knock out some Steelers defenders as pay back for cutting him.

I'd be sick watching him in black and purple.

TallyStiller
03-01-2012, 01:05 PM
I like Hines... and I cringed every time he caught the football this year because he just looked old, small, and slow to me. He's tough as nails, with attitude from here to next week, but those qualities aren't going to let him age gracefully. As age catches up to him, so, I fear, will a few guys seeking retribution for some of the hits he's delivered over the course of his career. I can see this ending very, very badly for him... I wish he'd retire for this reason more than because of any issues involving him playing in another uniform.

Chucktownsteeler
03-01-2012, 01:07 PM
I say:

1.) Arizona

2.) Atlanta

3.) New England

C-town

RuthlessBurgher
03-01-2012, 01:09 PM
I love Hines and hate the Ravens...the thought is certainly nauseating (along the lines of Talbot and Jagr on the Flyers)...but would it necessarily be such a bad thing for Baltimore to have another old, slow wideout?

Chucktownsteeler
03-01-2012, 01:19 PM
I like Hines... and I cringed every time he caught the football this year because he just looked old, small, and slow to me. He's tough as nails, with attitude from here to next week, but those qualities aren't going to let him age gracefully. As age catches up to him, so, I fear, will a few guys seeking retribution for some of the hits he's delivered over the course of his career. I can see this ending very, very badly for him... I wish he'd retire for this reason more than because of any issues involving him playing in another uniform.

I got to meet Hines last year and I thought he was in incredible shape. He has never been fast and as Chas. Noll would say: there is speed and then there is football speed.

I he got the shuffle pass from Ben for his 1,000 catch I thought deep down that was it. I was hoping I was wrong, but I wasn't.

The stat that amazes me most is Hines has more receptions as Swann and Stallworth combined! They had a fellow that wore #12 at the helm, Hines for the most part had Tomzak, Korkie, Miller, and Graham at QB in his prime.

Thanks for the memories Hines!

:tt1 :tt1 :tt1

steeler_fan_in_t.o.
03-01-2012, 06:57 PM
Next stop.......Canton.

D Rock
03-01-2012, 07:01 PM
Even Jags fans don't want him because he has nothing left.

And their team is about as pathetic as a passing offense can possibly get.

D Rock
03-01-2012, 07:03 PM
Made me throw up in my mouth a little:

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2012/03/01/ed-bouchette-ward-would-love-to-play-in-baltimore/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter


Bouchette THINKS Hines would want to play in Baltimore. That means about as much to me as whether or not Real Housewives of Tajikistan ever makes it on the air.

RuthlessBurgher
03-01-2012, 07:28 PM
That means about as much to me as whether or not Real Housewives of Tajikistan ever makes it on the air.

People would think it was a show about ninjas. :lol:

http://learn-about-islam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/muslimDM1511_468x310.jpg

flippy
03-01-2012, 07:37 PM
That means about as much to me as whether or not Real Housewives of Tajikistan ever makes it on the air.

People would think it was a show about ninjas. :lol:

http://learn-about-islam.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/muslimDM1511_468x310.jpg

The way these housewives fight with one another, it really would look like a show about Ninjas.

hawaiiansteel
03-02-2012, 01:49 AM
Hines Ward To Play For Rival Team?

March 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Shock continues to reverberate throughout Steelers nation about veteran wide receiver Hines Ward being cut from the team.

But there is another thing that could throw Steelers fans for an even bigger loop – Ward could conceivably end up playing for a rival team.

It was almost a full day removed from the end of the Hines Ward era with the Steelers, and the phone lines were still full on 93-7 The Fan’s “Vinnie and Cook” show.

“When somebody leaves like that, I think there is a sadness about it,” said The Fan host Vinnie Richichi.

One thousand career catches, two Super Bowl rings and a style that embodies the Steelers hard-nosed reputation cement the legacy of No. 86.

“He’s just a great football player, so we have to respect that,” said fan Larry Lee. “We definitely gave him enough love here. He gave us love back.”

But could Ward be on one of the buses arriving at the visitor’s entrance at Heinz Field next year, playing for the opposition?

“If he comes strolling back here in a Baltimore uniform, it’s not ‘so what’ for fans,” said Richichi.

“I don’t care if he comes back with Baltimore, New England, or whoever,” said The Fan host Ron Cook.

Playing for another NFL team is one thing. But how would people react to Ward in Ravens purple?

“He just violated right there, he can’t go to the Ravens. He wouldn’t do that. If he did and we lost because of his touchdown? That’s what the Rooneys get,” said Lee.

“I don’t think anyone would like that very much at all,” said Karen O’Donnell of South Hills. “I don’t think it would be a good reception.”

“I don’t even know if the uniform would go on, it might just melt as soon as it touches his body. I don’t think that would fly at all,” said fan Zac Kirkpatrick.

It may all just be a Steeler fan’s worst nightmare, but it is much more possible now than it was 48 hours ago.

http://burgh.us/d5x

rpmpit
03-02-2012, 08:14 AM
For as much as we could possibly relate to Hines - let's say a company where you worked for 14 years suddenly fired you. You put your heart and soul into your career and did everything in your power to ensure that company's success. Wouldn't you feel a little bitter?? Now that companies biggest rival comes calling. What would you do??

D Rock
03-02-2012, 08:26 AM
For as much as we could possibly relate to Hines - let's say a company where you worked for 14 years suddenly fired you. You put your heart and soul into your career and did everything in your power to ensure that company's success. Wouldn't you feel a little bitter?? Now that companies biggest rival comes calling. What would you do??

This Hines situation is about the equivalent of working for a company as an analyst of some sort and getting let go because your Alzheimer's is too severe. It's not apples to apples comparing normal jobs with physical performance based jobs.

rpmpit
03-02-2012, 11:42 AM
For as much as we could possibly relate to Hines - let's say a company where you worked for 14 years suddenly fired you. You put your heart and soul into your career and did everything in your power to ensure that company's success. Wouldn't you feel a little bitter?? Now that companies biggest rival comes calling. What would you do??

This Hines situation is about the equivalent of working for a company as an analyst of some sort and getting let go because your Alzheimer's is too severe. It's not apples to apples comparing normal jobs with physical performance based jobs.

Hines has Alzheimer's??? OMG, this story just keeps getting worse :? :?

But seriously, I think an analyst with Alzheimer's as a comparison is a bit extreme. I think we can all agree that Hines could still perform at some level as an NFL wide receiver. Obviously not a starter. 4th or 5th on the depth chart wouldn't be absurd.

I'll play along. What if your "normal" job was in construction where there is a definite physical performance based aspect to your work. Now maybe you can't hang sheet rock as quickly as you used to. Maybe you're the 4th or 5th quickest guy on the crew now. So they ****can you. And Joe's Construction across the street offers you a job because they believe you're still pretty damn good. What would you do??

Better???

D Rock
03-02-2012, 01:32 PM
For as much as we could possibly relate to Hines - let's say a company where you worked for 14 years suddenly fired you. You put your heart and soul into your career and did everything in your power to ensure that company's success. Wouldn't you feel a little bitter?? Now that companies biggest rival comes calling. What would you do??

This Hines situation is about the equivalent of working for a company as an analyst of some sort and getting let go because your Alzheimer's is too severe. It's not apples to apples comparing normal jobs with physical performance based jobs.

Hines has Alzheimer's??? OMG, this story just keeps getting worse :? :?

But seriously, I think an analyst with Alzheimer's as a comparison is a bit extreme. I think we can all agree that Hines could still perform at some level as an NFL wide receiver. Obviously not a starter. 4th or 5th on the depth chart wouldn't be absurd.

I'll play along. What if your "normal" job was in construction where there is a definite physical performance based aspect to your work. Now maybe you can't hang sheet rock as quickly as you used to. Maybe you're the 4th or 5th quickest guy on the crew now. So they ****can you. And Joe's Construction across the street offers you a job because they believe you're still pretty damn good. What would you do??

Better???

I think it's time to become the foreman :P

That comparison is pretty good. The only thing it doesn't include is culture. Construction workers wont typically have a legacy and fans to think of. Pro athletes, although they may not care in a lot of cases, do have this as a factor on some level.

rpmpit
03-02-2012, 01:58 PM
[quote=rpmpit]For as much as we could possibly relate to Hines - let's say a company where you worked for 14 years suddenly fired you. You put your heart and soul into your career and did everything in your power to ensure that company's success. Wouldn't you feel a little bitter?? Now that companies biggest rival comes calling. What would you do??

This Hines situation is about the equivalent of working for a company as an analyst of some sort and getting let go because your Alzheimer's is too severe. It's not apples to apples comparing normal jobs with physical performance based jobs.

Hines has Alzheimer's??? OMG, this story just keeps getting worse :? :?

But seriously, I think an analyst with Alzheimer's as a comparison is a bit extreme. I think we can all agree that Hines could still perform at some level as an NFL wide receiver. Obviously not a starter. 4th or 5th on the depth chart wouldn't be absurd.

I'll play along. What if your "normal" job was in construction where there is a definite physical performance based aspect to your work. Now maybe you can't hang sheet rock as quickly as you used to. Maybe you're the 4th or 5th quickest guy on the crew now. So they ****can you. And Joe's Construction across the street offers you a job because they believe you're still pretty damn good. What would you do??

Better???

I think it's time to become the foreman :P

That comparison is pretty good. The only thing it doesn't include is culture. Construction workers wont typically have a legacy and fans to think of. Pro athletes, although they may not care in a lot of cases, do have this as a factor on some level.[/quote:2w8xulv0]

Many of the construction workers I know (especially the foremen) actually believe they deserve a legacy and fans!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:

flippy
03-02-2012, 01:58 PM
[quote=rpmpit]For as much as we could possibly relate to Hines - let's say a company where you worked for 14 years suddenly fired you. You put your heart and soul into your career and did everything in your power to ensure that company's success. Wouldn't you feel a little bitter?? Now that companies biggest rival comes calling. What would you do??

This Hines situation is about the equivalent of working for a company as an analyst of some sort and getting let go because your Alzheimer's is too severe. It's not apples to apples comparing normal jobs with physical performance based jobs.

Hines has Alzheimer's??? OMG, this story just keeps getting worse :? :?

But seriously, I think an analyst with Alzheimer's as a comparison is a bit extreme. I think we can all agree that Hines could still perform at some level as an NFL wide receiver. Obviously not a starter. 4th or 5th on the depth chart wouldn't be absurd.

I'll play along. What if your "normal" job was in construction where there is a definite physical performance based aspect to your work. Now maybe you can't hang sheet rock as quickly as you used to. Maybe you're the 4th or 5th quickest guy on the crew now. So they ****can you. And Joe's Construction across the street offers you a job because they believe you're still pretty damn good. What would you do??

Better???

I think it's time to become the foreman :P

That comparison is pretty good. The only thing it doesn't include is culture. Construction workers wont typically have a legacy and fans to think of. Pro athletes, although they may not care in a lot of cases, do have this as a factor on some level.[/quote:1di9wo6h]

Stop giving ESPN ideas. I'm already seeing the day in the near future where I can watch guys hanging sheet rock on tv.