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Old 06-30-2014, 04:40 PM   #1
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Default Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

Back in March, Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor agreed to a $4.25 million pay cut to help the Steelers make some room under the salary cap.

As you can imagine, Taylor wasn't too thrilled with taking the pay cut and he told Jim Rome all about it on Monday. Taylor was scheduled to make $7 million in 2014, but now will only pull in $2.75 million.

"I'm pissed off about it, still am pissed off about it and I'm going to be pissed off until the end of the season about it," Taylor said of taking the pay cut. "Did it hurt me? Hell yeah. Does it still hurt? Yeah, it hurts, but hopefully I can go in and bounce back this year, do what I need to do on the field and we will see what happens after."

You might be wondering why Taylor would agree to a pay cut if it was going to 'piss' him off so much. The 34-year-old has an explanation for that.

"I had seen a few guys who didn't take pay cuts and went to other teams and it didn't work out for them. So, at the end of the day, I didn't want to leave Pittsburgh, point blank, period," Taylor said. "Just hearing from other guys coming from other teams and being on the team with Pittsburgh, they say it's like no other; it's like day and night, so I'll listen."

Taylor has spent his entire 11-year career with the Steelers and he thought just maybe he should've been rewarded for his loyalty -- not asked to take a $4.25 million pay cut.

"It's like you get to a point, why me? Like, I didn't show my loyalty? I've been a good guy," Taylor said. "You want to talk about a guy who's going to come in in-shape, not waiting to build up into shape when he gets to camp. Or you want to talk about a guy who's unselfish and puts his team before his family and friends, you want to talk about a guy who has loyalty, yeah it's me. It's me you're talking about. When you come to me and ask me for a pay cut, I'm like 'Damn, out of all these people, you want to ask Ike.'"

Taylor started in all 16 games for the Steelers last season and he'll be playing in 2014 on a one-year deal. If Pittsburgh asks him to come back in 2015, you can bet he'll be expecting a small raise.


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Old 06-30-2014, 05:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

if he wants lockdown corner money he needs to start playing like it, and he hasn't last year.

it's a what have you done for me lately league so...
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Old 06-30-2014, 05:50 PM   #3
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Default Re: Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

With an attitude like that, maybe they should have cut him. If I was the owner, I would be asking for a trade. If no trade, he would be cut.
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Default Re: Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

Us old guys remember guys like Franco Harris and Mike Webster finishing their careers in uniforms other than the Steelers. Should never happen, but football is a business first and foremost. Play like a 7 million a year corner and you will get paid like one.
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Default Re: Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

Taylor is in "real" good with the Rooneys. They probably won't give him another $7 mil a year, but they will more than likely provide other opportunities for him in the future.

Also, I thank Ike for taking such a "massive" pay cut; it's definitely helping this team rebuild.

And he's not the best corner in the league, but he's not the only one on defense who's game has been off recently.

Let's hope things turn around for everyone on the team this year...
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Default Re: Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

Taylor didn't not say he was pissed off at the Rooneys or the team for that matter. He is pissed about the circumstance he finds himself in.

What is amazing, is that it was very clear, maybe even before last year started, that Taylor and his contract was on very shaky ground and only a pro bowl year would have salvaged it.

As for loyalty, he got more loyalty than Hampton, Smith, Keisel, Harrison and on and on...

Ike, you are a great guy, but like the greats that have left before you, you want the dough, show it on the field, not in the press.
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Default Re: Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

i'd also like to thank Ike for taking the cut. I know it hurts but I hope he realizes there are fans out there who appreciate him and know he's going to give everything he's got for the team.
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i'd also like to thank Ike for taking the cut. I know it hurts but I hope he realizes there are fans out there who appreciate him and know he's going to give everything he's got for the team.
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he is still over paid
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Default Re: Ike Taylor is 'pissed off' he took $4.25M pay cut with Steelers

There wasn't much pass rush generated last year, that didn't help Ike much, a QB with 6-7 seconds to pass the ball is gonna chew up CB's all day. That being said it was time his deal was renegotiated to reflect his current level of play and age. Its ok to be "ticked" but theres no need to tell Jim Rome about it.
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