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.
Steelers veteran cornerback Ike Taylor was limited to five games in 2014 due to injury. The 34-year-old cornerback would like to return to Pittsburgh in 2015, but if it doesn't happen, he appears to be OK with it, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
"I am very cool with this being my last year," Taylor said. "As far as putting the cleats up, I have years left. I have a lot of years left. I am not ready to make that final decision, but I am cool hanging my cleats up if it comes to it."
Taylor suffered a broken forearm in September and struggled to regain his form after missing two months. Even if Taylor's playing days are done, he hopes to remain with the Steelers in some role.
"As far as the Steelers organization, it doesn't have to be with the cleats anymore," Taylor said. "I can be in the office. I can be at the bottom and work my way up. I can be an assistant. I don't mind working my way from the bottom up."
Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is inactive for Saturday's game against Baltimore. Taylor was considered probable for the matchup with both forearm and shoulder injuries after missing the Steelers last three games.
Taylor has only played in five games this season for Pittsburgh, totaling 16 tackles. Brice McCain and B.W. Webb will likely fill in for the injured Taylor once again.
The Steelers are 3-point favorites Saturday.
Steelers safety Troy Polamalu (knee) and cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm) practiced fully Wednesday ahead of Saturday night's playoff game against the Ravens. Both sat out Week 17.
Pittsburgh is a 3-point home favorite.
The Steelers have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday night's Week 17 showdown with the Bengals: cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm), safety Troy Polamalu (knee), tight end Michael Palmer (groin), quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers and guard Chris Hubbard.
Taylor, Polamalu and Palmer were all listed as questionable to play Sunday but none of the three will be available for the regular-season finale. The three players listed as probable to play in Week 17 are all active, including tackle Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle).
Pittsburgh is a 3 1/2-point favorite at home against Cincinnati.
The Steelers have listed safety Troy Polamalu (knee), cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder, forearm) and tight end Michael Palmer (groin) were labeled questionable for Sunday's regular season finale against Cincinnati. Tackle/guard Kelvin Beachum (back), tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) and linebacker Vince Williams (ankle) were ruled probable.
The Steelers will be without starting cornerback Ike Taylor and safety Troy Polamalu for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Taylor has been dealing with a shoulder injury that also caused him to miss Week 15's game against the Falcons. Polamalu, who is dealing with a knee injury, has 61 tackles and one forced fumble in 2014.
Other inactives for Pittsburgh include: quarterback Landry Jones, wide receiver Justin Brown, defensive end Clifton Geathers, offensive lineman Chris Hubbard, and tight end Matt Spaeth.
The Steelers released their final injury report for Week 16’s game against the Chiefs and safety Troy Polamalu (knee) is listed as doubtful.
Cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) is also listed as doubtful. Tight end Matt Spaeth (elbow) is the only player listed as questionable.
The following players are listed as probable: William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, James Harrison, Steve McLendon, Heath Miller, Mike Mitchell, Maurkice Pouncey, Ben Roethlisberger and Markus Wheaton.
The Steelers are 3-point favorites.
As expected, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has been given the thumbs-down for the Week 15 game against Atlanta with a shoulder injury that had him listed as doubtful.
The Steelers have listed corner back Ike Taylor as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Taylor, who left last week's game against the Bengals with a forearm injury, was unable to practice most of the week.
Linebacker James Harrison , who missed last week's game with a knee injury, is questionable.
The following players are probable for Pittsburgh: Ben Roethlisberger, William Gay, Marcus Gilbert, Cameron Heyward, Heath Miller and Maurkice Pouncey.
Steelers coach Mike Tomlin did not commit to cornerback Ike Taylor as his Week 15 starter, even if Taylor recovers from his multiple injuries, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Taylor pulled himself from the Week 14 win over the Bengals with shoulder and knee injuries.
Taylor missed eight games after breaking his arm Sept. 21. The 34-year-old has been burned routinely when he's played this year.
Pittsburgh visits Atlanta on Sunday.
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Of the three, only Taylor was able to play during Week 14’s victory over the Bengals. The Steelers play at Atlanta Sunday.
Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) was unable to practice and received the thumbs-down for Week 14 against Cincinnati. Gilbert was the only player on Pittsburgh's final injury report ruled out for Sunday. Linebacker James Harrison (knee) also missed practice all week and is unlikely to play. He was ruled as doubtful.
Nose tackle Steve McLendon (shoulder) was the only player on the report designated as questionable, while cornerback Cortez Allen (thumb), cornerback Brice McCain (hamstring), tight end Heath Miller (rest), safety Troy Polamalu (illness), quarterback Ben Roethlisberger (rest), linebacker Ryan Shazier (ankle) and cornerback Ike Taylor (shoulder) were deemed probable.
The Steelers will see defensive starters Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor return to action in Week 13. It will be Polamalu's first game back since week 11 when he injured his knee.
It will be Taylor's first game back since Week 3 against the Panthers when he injured his forearm.
Steelers tackle Marcus Gilbert and linebacker Ryan Shazier have both been designated as questionable for the Sunday game against New Orleans. Meanwhile cornerback Cortez Allen (thumb) and nose tackle Steve McLendon have been ruled out.
The rest of those placed on the Friday injury report are probable. That group includes wide receiver Martavis Bryant (illness), cornerback Ike Taylor (forearm) and safety Shamarko Thomas (hamstring).
Steelers veteran cornerback Ike Taylor has admitted at getting antsy over when he would return to action after missing eight games to a broken forearm. He is back at practice and should play Sunday against New Orleans.
"The first thing I thought about was how long until I get back," Taylor told the team website. "The first thing I asked the doctors was about the two long plates in my arm. He said you just broke your forearm, what do you know about the plates? I am not a doctor, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn. At the same time that is how it is. That's my mind frame, how long it's going to take to get back."
Taylor added, however, that he never feared the injury was career-threatening.