Ike Taylor said it’s either “here (Pittsburgh) or nowhere” for him next season. I didn’t ask if he’d take salary cut.
— James C Wexell (@jimwexell) December 18, 2013
Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback responded to a question about his future in the NFL. The 33-year old defensive back has played 11 years in the NFL since coming out of Louisiana-Lafayette, all with the Steelers. The problem that Taylor potentially faces is that the Steelers have a number of players that are on the wrong side of 30 and make a good amount of money, so general manager Kevin Colbert will have to make some tough decisions this offseason.
The secondary has the most veteran group of players on the team. Taylor is 33, Troy Polamalu is 32 and Ryan Clark is 34. It remains to be seen which players the Steelers will retain and which of them will be asked to take pay cuts in order for them to be kept.
Taylor is certainly not hurting himself in the eyes of the fans in Pittsburgh with this call of loyalty as he has been there for two Super Bowls. The Steelers unfortunately find themselves at 6-8 and may be looking to make significant changes to their roster to get back to being more competitive as well as under the salary cap.