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Peyton Manning And Hines Ward Free Agents: Who Would Have Thought?

A year ago, it would have been crazy to think either quarterback Peyton Manning or wide receiver Hines Ward would be free agents this spring, but both future Hall of Famers find themselves out of a job, at least, temporarily.

It’s been over two weeks now since Indianapolis and Pittsburgh announced the releases of star players Manning and Ward. As painful as it may be, both releases were somewhat expected and necessary for each franchise. That just goes to show you how quickly things can change in the NFL.

It was just two seasons ago, QB Manning lead the Colts to the Super Bowl winning 16 games in the process. Now in the last two seasons, Indianapolis has won 12 games.

Ward also had a great 2009 season bringing in 95 catches for 1,167 yards. After that, however, his career began to decline and did so very quickly. This past season, Ward lost his starting job to younger, faster up-and-coming Steeler receivers.

It is quite ironic that these two players were cut at virtually t…

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Hines Ward DUI Video Released, Wide Receiver Was Worried ESPN Would Find it (Video)

Here’s one highlight video that Hines Ward wouldn’t like the world to see. No, it isn’t a dropped pass or a missed block — it’s of his DUI arrest last summer. Ward was pulled over in Georgia around 2:30 a.m. on July 9, 2011. Ward, who is currently a free agent, told police at the time that he was at a club but only had two drinks. After he failed a field sobriety test and refused to take a breathalyzer test, he was taken to jail, according to authorities. The DUI charge was dropped in February after Ward pleaded guilty…

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Ed Bouchette: ‘Ward Would Love To Play In Baltimore’

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Steelers’ Insider Ed Bouchette joined the Fan Morning Show Thursday to discuss the Steelers’ decision to cut veteran wide receiver Hines Ward.

The Steelers made the announcement on Wednesday, saying they plan to release Ward “of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year.”

And news of Ward’s release has created a stir among Steelers Nation.

In a statement, Ward said he did everything in his power to remain a Steeler. Bouchette said Ward told the Steelers he would take a pay cut.

“First of all, last year when they demoted him, he didn’t kick and moan and scream about it, and you know, he told them he’d take a pay cut,” said Bouchette. “They never talked money though and the longer that went on, you obviously saw that their intent was not to accept him at even minimum wage.

“If the coaches don’t believe a player still has it, it’s hard for the front office to force that player on him, even someone with the stature of Hines Ward because you can play that out, what happens if Art Rooney says to Mike Tomlin, ‘we want him here another year, you have to take him.’ Well, that doesn’t mean Mike Tomlin has to play him,” Bouchette added.

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Bouchette also touched on where Ward could land next season, even if it’s playing for a rival.

“I think he’d love to play in Baltimore. I don’t think he’s thinking of legacies right now,” he said of Ward. “These guys want to play… once they quit, they’re done.”

Bouchette says he believes Ward will generate interest among some team.

“He turns 36 next week, so teams are going to look at that, but I think there will be some interest for varied reasons,” he said. “Some being that not everybody has a good stock of receivers and they look at this guy as a possession receiver, not a speed guy, obviously. Someone who can get you maybe that 3rd-and-5 on a pass over the middle, and maybe be next to someone who is young and needs to be shown how to act professionally, how to run routes and that kind of thing. The way Hines has done for a lot of young receiver here. But I don’t think he’s a starter anymore, and I don’t know where he’s going to land.”

With Ward not coming back next season, Bouchette talked about how that will impact the Steelers.

“Actually, the perfect spot for Hines Ward was with the Steelers, but the coaching staff didn’t want him, and I’m not sitting here saying they’re wrong either. I just think that Ward could have fit in here next year in a role as three or four,” Bouchette added. “They don’t know if they’re going to get [Jerricho] Cotchery back, first of all, and that would be the first guy I go after right now if I’m the Steelers. Without him, and if no one signs Wallace, you have those three young guys and Emmanuel Sanders’ history of injuries.”

Steelers To Release Hines Ward (2/29/12)

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NFL Combine: Inside linebacker would fill Steelers need

Vontaze Burfict might already have something in common with James Harrison.

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49ers GM Trent Baalke Admits A Player Like Mike Wallace Would Interest Them

San Francisco 49ers general manager Trent Baalke joined Adam Schein and Rich Gannon on SiriusXM NFL Radio today at the 2012 NFL combine for an interview. Baalke was asked in an indirect way about Pittsburgh Steelers unrestricted free agent wide receiver Mike Wallace and his comments that he made on Wednesday about his willingness to play for another team.

Schein acknowledged in his questioning that he knew Baalke could not mention Wallace by name, but he asked him if that kind of wide receiver, who is a deep threat, would be the kind of wide receiver he would be looking for in the offseason. Read more […]

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Roethlisberger would hate to “start over”

Ben Roethlisberger has heard good things and bad things about his new coordinator Todd Haley. One way for Haley to make a positive first impression on his quarterback: Don’t scrap the entire offense. “It would probably be easy for him to do,” Roethlisberger told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about Haley changing the offense.…

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Cotchery On Steelers, “I Would Love To Come Back”

PITTSBURGH (93-7 THE FAN) — Steelers’ free agent wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery joined the Fan Morning Show on Thursday to talk about his first season with the team.

Cotchery said that everything was positive about his first year as a Steeler, and the organization was everything he expected it to be. About his status as a free agent, Cotchery said that he would love to return to the black and gold next season.

The Post-Gazette reported on Wednesday that offensive coordinator Bruce Arians may not return next season. Cotchery said that he isn’t sure how that situation will play out, but he respects Arians as a coach, and will wait to see what happens.

We also get his thoughts on the loss to Denver, and the remaining teams in the playoffs.

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Hines Ward says he would take a pay cut to stay in Pittsburgh

Hines Ward doesn’t want to retire.  And if the Steelers don’t want him next year, he’ll try to find a job elsewhere. “It would be weird, not how I want it to happen,” Ward told Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “But I do want to play. I still think I can play. I’m not…

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Contingency Plan For Possible Postponement Would Include Playing In Oakland


Mike Tirico on ESPN got word from the NFL, and stated the contingency plan for any further delays that would potentially cause a public hazard would result in postponement of the Steelers Week 15 game at San Francisco to Tuesday during the day.

The power at Candlestick Park has gone out twice tonight, once right before kickoff and once during the second quarter.

What would that do to the Steelers, who have a Saturday game against St. Louis on Saturday?

The least amount of time teams have between games is four days – Sunday to Thursday. A three-game respite between games is unprecedented since the league adopted Thursday night games.

San Francisco would obviously have the same liability, but the 49ers don’t need to get on a plane back to the Eastern Time Zone after the game ends.

Whenever that is.

It’s midway through the third quarter, and there doesn’t seem to be any power issues. The first two came without warning, though, and another stoppage could lead to a postponement.

If Candlestick Park is unable to host the remainder of the game, it would shift across the bay to Oakland Coliseum.

The 49ers have the ball in Steelers territory with 10:21 left in the third quarter, leading 6-0.

In a game where Pittsburgh’s defense appears to be performing at a high level, their offense could use a night off. While their overall yards (202) aren’t terrible, they aren’t coming in bunches on the same drive. They’ve threatened in the red zone, but Roethlisberger interceptions have held them back.

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“Man, listen. Antonio got caught yesterday on his long run. That would never happen to me.” -Mike…

“Man, listen. Antonio got caught yesterday on his long run. That would never happen to me.”

-Mike Wallace on Antonio Brown after being asked if the emerging second-year WR could hang with him in a race.

Source: Behind the Steel Curtain

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