Hines Ward wants to 'finish my career' with Steelers
Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward said Saturday he's willing to restructure his contract in order to remain with the team after a report said the Steelers are planning to cut the 14-year NFL veteran.
Ward posted on his Facebook page that he wants to "finish my career with the Pittsburgh Steelers" and said he's told the team he's willing to make changes to his contract.
Ward's comments come on the heels of an NFL Network report that said the Steelers are looking to cut Ward in an effort to get under the salary cap. The Steelers' all-time leading receiver is coming off his worst statistical season since his rookie year in 1998, finishing with 46 receptions, 381 yards and two touchdowns.
After the Steelers' wild-card playoff loss to the Denver Broncos, Ward denied speculation that he was thinking about retiring. However, it marked the first time in his career that he failed to catch a pass during a postseason game.
Despite this, the 35-year-old Ward is the only player other than NFL great Jerry Rice to record 1,000 career receptions and win multiple Super Bowls. He also provides a strong, veteran presence for Pittsburgh's young receiving corps.
“He sets the tone in the room,” Pittsburgh wide receiver Antonio Brown said of Ward. “We definitely want to help a guy like him win.”
-- Austin Knoblauch
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Photo: Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward, left, talks with running back Isaac Redman during a game against the Cleveland Browns on Jan. 1. Credit: Mark Duncan / Associated Press