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    Report: Hines Ward will retire

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    Report: Hines Ward will retire

    Posted by Josh Alper on January 9, 2012, 11:48 AM EST

    With the Steelers facing the start of the long offseason, decisions will start being made about the future of the roster.

    One player to watch on that front is Hines Ward. Ward turns 36 in March and after seeing his role cut dramatically in his 14th NFL season, thereís been some talk that he might be ready to call it a career. Ward, who has two years left on his contract, said last month that he hasnít been thinking about retiring, but a report from Mike Freeman of CBSSports.com on Monday sings a different tune.

    Freeman reports that he got a text from a Steelers player after the 29-23 overtime loss to the Broncos saying that the ďexpectations around the teamĒ are that Ward will not return for another season. The player isnít Ward so thereís obviously a pretty big grain of salt in the mix, but the 2011 season didnít provide much evidence of a bright future for Ward.

    Whatever future he has might not be in Pittsburgh. With a strong receiving corps in place and a need to get younger before next season, the Steelers might not have a place for Ward on their roster. Cutting ties with a player who has 1,000 career catches and two Super Bowl rings as a Steeler wouldnít be all that easy, but similar moves have been made before and the Steelers havenít shown an aversion to making tough decisions like that in the past.

    If this is the end for Ward, you can bet there will be a spirited debate about his Hall of Fame credentials in a few years. It will be the rare case when a wide receiverís blocking ability plays a major role in the discussion.

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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    I can't see him going out like this. He has too much honor.

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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    He's done. and we need the money towards the salary cap.

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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    This last offseason, the Ravens cleaned house getting rid of several long-time stalwarts such as Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, and others.

    We are almost guaranteed to be without Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Bryant McFadden, and Chris Kemoeatu next year. We may also not have Hines Ward, James Farrior, Casey Hampton, and Charlie Batch. Big changes afoot...


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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    Best of luck to Ward with whatever he decides.

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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    Quote Originally Posted by RuthlessBurgher
    This last offseason, the Ravens cleaned house getting rid of several long-time stalwarts such as Derrick Mason, Todd Heap, and others.

    We are almost guaranteed to be without Aaron Smith, Chris Hoke, Bryant McFadden, and Chris Kemoeatu next year. We may also not have Hines Ward, James Farrior, Casey Hampton, and Charlie Batch. Big changes afoot...


    Changes are needed but I hope they find quality replacements. I can't take a rebuilding year.

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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    If true, I hate to see you go, Hines. You have been the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers the past 10 years. You deserved much better than to go out in this train wreck.

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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    Wasn't Hampton just re-signed this past off season? We cant just cut all these guys, the cap hit would be devastating, would it not? I can see Ward and Smitty retiring, but I bet Farrior has every intention of returning. I hope Sly is ready to take his spot.

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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    Wonder who the mole is.
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    Re: Report: Hines Ward will retire

    Quote Originally Posted by NW Steeler
    Wasn't Hampton just re-signed this past off season? We cant just cut all these guys, the cap hit would be devastating, would it not? I can see Ward and Smitty retiring, but I bet Farrior has every intention of returning. I hope Sly is ready to take his spot.
    I believe it's been a few years since Casey was re-signed. Or maybe he was restructured to get below the cap for this year? I was thinking Harrison and a few others restructured to help us for this past season.

    I think Farrior is still a decent player, but can't play the entire game. He needs to start rotating with Sly. They need to hand over playcalling to someone else then.

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