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Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:02 pm
Posted by Andy Benoit
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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: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 6:09 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Is Ike Taylor 31? Yes he is, but he hasn't missed a game since 2004 and is coming off what may have been his best season yet. Ike isn't old by any means.

The Steelers don't give big contracts to guys over 30! That's not true, they just gave Casey Hampton a big contract when he was 31. They gave a big contract to Farrior when I think he was 32. They will pay guys over 30 when there is no sign of them slowing down. There are no signs of Ike slowing down, if anything he has improved greatly over the last three years.

The just drafted two corners, they don't need him. or He can be replaced with a cheaper free agent. Curtis Brown may be able to compete for the nickel job this year, but planning on him starting before 2013 would be a mistake. Cortez Allen is a project, chances are he will not even get a helmet for most of this season. To replace Taylor in free agency would cost nearly the same amount of money as it would to resign him. If you have any dillusions about McFadden covering number 1 receivers, you really didn't watch the games very closely last season. McFadden wouldn't even start on most teams in this league.

Steelers fans have long undervalued the cornerbacks. They miss the days of Mel Blount when a corner could just completely remove WRs from games. The way the game is played now Taylor is at least one of the top 12 corners in football. If the Steelers lose him, there is no doubt in my mind they will have their worst defense since 2003. Their defense won't be terrible, but top 5 won't happen and top 10 will be a struggle. I hope that the Steelers and Taylor can work something out. They aren't going to pay ten million a season, but they may be able to get him signed for a little over 8 per year. They need to get it done, dump McFadden and Randle El if you need some money to do it.

Since: Nov 21, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 5:57 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Just because someones the best player at a position for your team doesn't mean you should pay him more then hes worth to keep him.  I think he is going to be in for a shock when he does get a chance to test FA market though.

Since: Sep 17, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 5:36 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

YOU HEAR THAT LIONS?!?!?! Call Ike's agent, offer 4 years 20 mil. By the time he's 35 he could walk and try to get a 1 or 2 year deal somewhere else or reup for less cash. I'm sure that the Leo's have no chance at Nnamdi, but they might have a shot at Ike. 

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: May 15, 2011 4:51 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

A very good system player that could tackle and use his height to his advantage...but he is 31 after all and not worth a large contract.
The Steelers are smart and won't bring him back unless he takes less for a chance for a ring.

Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: May 15, 2011 2:24 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

I think you have to bring back Ike the Steelers corners are awful except Ike. He may not get interceptions but he is always in position to make plays on the ball. He's one of the reasons the D is so effective. If they don't sign Ike and bring in another lock down corner the Steelers secondary is in trouble. We can't afford to be picked apart like Rogers did in the Superbowl by quarterbacks that don't flinch under pressure. There were so many times last year the other Steeler corners were so far of recievers it looked like practice drills. Bring back Ike and upgrade the other side of the field and the Steelers D will have no glaring weakness. Go Steelers!! 

Since: Sep 24, 2007
Posted on: May 15, 2011 1:12 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Agreed.  Ike is a nice player but not worth that paycheck.  The Steelers picked up a couple corners in the draft and if Ike goes they will sign someone to fill in until the rookies are ready to go.  If the front 7 put enough pressure on the opposing QB the D will get it done, as they usually do.

Since: Jan 26, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 12:34 pm

Ike Taylor to test the free agent market

Ike Taylor is very valuable for any team, but to say he is one of the best corners in the league is rediculous! I am a Steeler fan, so I watch Ike play every week. He is our best man cover guy (on a team that has nobody else to play man) and always lines up against the opposing teams best WR. Our secondary is awful, even with Ike. Sure, Ike rarely gets burnt down the field, but at 31 he is gonna want a boatload of cash. I am talking around 10million a year, and the Steelers cannot afford to spend that kind of money on a corner who cannot catch the football. They need a game changer back there and Ike Taylor isnt it, add in the fact that he is very very expensive and in my opinion the Steelers should let him test the market. There  will be other CB Free Agenst available and we could always resign Bryant McFadden, who did an alright job last year for us. And dont forget, there are alot of corners who can cover, we need one to intercept passes and take it to the house!!

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