What was expected is now official - cornerback Ike Taylor has retired. He is the second Steelers defensive back to do so this offseason. Troy Polamalu has called it quits as well. Taylor concludes his career with 14 interceptions, 632 tackles and three sacks. He served as a starter since 2005, but never earned a Pro Bowl spot.
Although cornerback Ike Taylor previously indicated he would like to play another season, Taylor said he is not fielding or seeking offers from any team, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Instead of talking with teams, Taylor might start pursuing a career in broadcasting with the NFL Network and NFL Films expressing interest. "I've been talking with them," he said. Taylor played his entire 12-year career with the Steelers. His contract expired after the 2014 season.
With cornerback Ike Taylor hitting the free agent market this offseason, the Titans could be a landing spot if they're interested in him. Taylor has spent his entire career with the Steelers since 2003, when he was selected in the fourth round of the draft. But with former Steelers defensive coordinator joining the Titans coaching staff, moving to Tennessee is an attractive option for Taylor. "Coach LeBeau recruits himself. He is like Coach K [Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski]; you know what you are getting yourself into,'' Taylor told The Tennessean. "You don't have to ask the veteran guys who have played under him. Just say Coach LeBeau wants you to come, and they'd say: "What time? That's the way people feel about him." Taylor only played five games in 2014 due to injuries. He totaled 16 tackles and two pass deflections. The Steelers are not expected to re-sign Taylor.
Impending free agent cornerback Ike Taylor told SiriusXM NFL Radio he'd be interested in following Dick LeBeau to Tennessee. LeBeau resigned as Steelers' defensive coordinator and was hired as the Titans' assistant head coach for defense. "If there's anbody I would follow, it's him and him only," said Taylor, 34, who's spent his entire 12-year career with the Steelers. Pittsburgh is not expected to re-sign Taylor.
The Steelers likely won't re-sign impending free agent cornerback Ike Taylor, reports ESPN.com. Taylor, 34, dealt with multiple injuries this season and finished with 16 tackles in five games. Taylor has spent his entire 12-year career with Pittsburgh. He said this month he's OK with 2014 being his last season.