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Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:02 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
I. Taylor
Nnamdi Asomugha is the headline-grabbing cornerback available on this year’s free agent market. But the next guy in line, Ike Taylor, has been nearly just as valuable to his team over the years. And he knows it.

There have been rumblings that the 31-year-old Taylor will return to the Steel City. “I’ve been in Pittsburgh longer than any other city since I was born,” Taylor recently told Scott Brown of Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That’s home to me. Steelers Nation is crazy. You’re going to find a Steelers fan at some bar, some mall, some college (anywhere). As a professional player you thrive off that.”

But not so fast. Pro Football Talk reports that Taylor fully intends to test the market when free agency begins.

The Steelers should do all they can to prevent this. Taylor is one of the best all-around corners in the NFL. His ability to play press or man coverage is a large reason why Troy Polamalu can freelance. What’s more, the sinewy 6’2”, 195-pounder is one of the best tackling corners in the game, which is key in Pittsburgh’s system.

The Steelers’ cornerback corps is fairly thin even with Taylor. Without Taylor, it’d be downright malnourished.

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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:22 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Honestly, you are right, gay, mcfadden stink, but the last thing we want is to pay IKe big bucks to possibly lose some other big name players. THis years draft shoudl have been D line and CB, I like there picks, but even last year our secondary was terrible and the steelers do not address it till after the fact. I woudl love to see them spend the money on Asomugha but unlikely.....its a tough decision either way...

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 9:16 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

I see a lot of comments here, saying you're okay with Ike leaving.  Did you watch the Super Bowl?  McFadden, Gay and others were getting burned left and right.  Ike is solid cover guy and you can leave him to one on one and let others make plays.  Okay, he is not a elite corner but he does his job and does it better than most at position.  You put a McFadden and a bunch of 2nd year and rookies to play the 2nd corner and nickel and the pass defense will be getting lit up.  They must sign Ike.  They are going to have to pay him some big bucks but maybe he gives they a home team discount?  If they don't him they better get Asomugha, but that ain't happening.  If Ike goes, the defense is heading for a major decline.  Teams are just going to throw all day against us.  Sign him, they don't have a replacement ready to take his position and the is a big factor.  Cut Aaron Smith to save some money.  I like Smith but he is over 30 and has been hurt two of the last three years and Ziggy is ready to take over.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 8:13 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Qual Guy, I know plenty, I guess we watch different games...I have seen him burnt many times, if I had time to look something specific up I would. I guess yoru going to say next that he interecepts all sorts of balls, how many have hit him in the hands and he drops them. This article talked about how great he is, there many other cb's in this league I woudl take over him with the price tag he is lookign for...there is no comparison to him to say Darrel Revis, night and day difference...

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:55 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

I wasn't really saying that in response to your post   I meant it more along the lines of a a general response to the way NFL FA is these days.  I agree with what you said 100 percent.  If they lose Ike I really can't see any possible way outside of picking up another skilled corner in FA that the secondary will be as good without him.  Yeah, they drafted some DB's, but historicly other then a few standouts over the years.  DB's don't normaly come right out of college, and dominate.  Is there a chance one of guys they drafted might?  Well yea I guess, but I sure wouldn't bet a season on it. 

Thing is like most people have said.  Other then a select number of cases.  The Steeler's aren't really known for giving many players on the D side of ball huge contracts.  Any of us long time Steeler's fans could make a 2 page long list of players they let go.  The thing is other then 1 or 2 of those guys most of those turned out to be good calls.  Considering pass d has been weakest point for them for some time now maybe they should consider a change in thought when it comes to cornerbacks in that department?  I honestly don't know.

Going by the past few years  when it comes to cornerbacks in free agency though.  The only way I see him staying is if he takes a decent pay cut from what he could get else where.  I'd bet good money at least one team in the league will offer him way more cash then he's realisticly worth, and I just don't see the Steelers even trying to match it.

At the end of the day though.  The Steelers have managed to be one of the top teams year in/out with the philosphy they use so why change it?

Since: Nov 17, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:22 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

@Steelers4Ever    You have no idea what you are talking about.  Taylor is underrated if anything, an he is one of the key fixtures on defense.  No one EVER burns taylor.  But just about anyone can burn the other Steeler's corners.

Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:16 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

As a steeler fan, Ike Taylor is way over rated, he may be good at tackling I give him that, but his hands are terrible and I have lost count on how many times he has been burnt on plays..He is not worth 5 million a year. I woudl rather have some young guys and projects in place than pay a guy a ton of money who is not worth it...He runs his mouth a lot as well...Casey hampton and Farrior are superior in there positions compared to taylor...I woudl be greatful to see him go....

Since: Aug 17, 2008
Posted on: May 15, 2011 7:06 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Gemini, you're totally on point. I'm also a Steeler fan, Ike is very good but far from great. He has far lees "Swagger" than he claims to or thinks he has. The Steelers don't pay alot to 30 something players who are good players, historically they have been correct not to do so, so they won't start now. Id be happy if he stays on our terms, if someone throws big bucks at him, see ya later & good luck.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:22 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

i agree with what you said.... ike could use another season with pittsburgh like maybe a year contract to see if he really wants to test the market. they will not pay him alot anywhere else because of his age and alot of teams already have corners that have ability.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:12 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Dust I'm not saying break the bank to resign him, but the Steelers are infamous for not paying their proven defensive standouts. I just don't think they can afford to let Ike go at the corner being that he's the only one that is consisstently good at the position for the Steelers. When he tests the free agent market he'll find that he won't get alot of huge offers because of his age and the style the Steelers play. The Steelers don't put their corners on an island very often they play alot of zone coverage, but still Ike is the best they have and they can't afford to lose him.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:11 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Call Ike's agent, offer 4 years 20 mil.
Its gonna take about double that money to get Ike to leave Pittsburgh.

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