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Old 04-06-2006, 12:23 AM   #1
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Default Taylor talks underway...

Thursday, April 06, 2006

By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


The agent for Ike Taylor met with Steelers negotiator Omar Khan yesterday afternoon at the team's headquarters to discuss a long-term contract for the cornerback.

Agent Scott Smith, along with Taylor's uncle, expects to stay in Pittsburgh through the weekend to try to come to terms with the club.

Taylor, as a restricted free agent, can sign with another team, but the Steelers would have one week to match the deal or let him go and receive a first-round draft choice in return.

That is an unlikely scenario, and teams have only until April 21 to sign restricted free agents.

If Taylor does not sign a long-term deal, he would receive $1.7 million for 2006 and become an unrestricted free agent if he does not sign before March.


link: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06096/679821-66.stm
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Old 04-06-2006, 12:29 AM   #2
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Nice to hear. Hopefully we get this last signing done and over with and move on to who we want in the draft. Up to this point, I give us a solid A+ for offseason moves and signings.
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Old 04-06-2006, 01:58 AM   #3
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Wow, the Steelers arent messin around... they are movin on Cowhers contract and now trying to get Taylors done ... i thought they would wait till at least after the draft - mid summer before they started as usual
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Old 04-06-2006, 03:08 AM   #4
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If you sign Taylor and then next year give Troy a long term deal, one half of the field is covered. Thats going to mean doom for offenses ESPECIALLY if we get a Bobby Carpenter, or a Manny Lawson. If we end up getting Whitner or Bing, and with Clark, Mcfadden and TOwnsend. ON top of that bring back logan and we have Carter. Who the hell is going to pass on us. This next month could show the league how dominant the Steelers can be for the next 5 years. It is going to be scary, I mean scary to see how this team will be once everyone is in their prime. Big Ben, Parker, Troy, Ike, etc, its very exciting and I cant wait for next season.....
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ummm the swame teams that passed on us this year ? lol I think Kyle Bollor 300 ?
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Get'er done!

I see a 5 yr contract maybe 6. And of course we will not break the bank. Maybe a 7 or 8 mil signing bonus ? ?
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good question, will be interesting to see what they feel he is worth !!
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I've been waiting to hear this news...thanks for posting!
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The upside of doing this now before he becomes a superstar (as I've clearly gone on record stating that I believe he will) is that we may be able to sign him for less than his potential worth.

I think it's too late for a deal like that with Troy, so wrapping up Ike early is imperative.
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The upside of doing this now before he becomes a superstar (as I've clearly gone on record stating that I believe he will) is that we may be able to sign him for less than his potential worth.

I think it's too late for a deal like that with Troy, so wrapping up Ike early is imperative.
Absolutely - If we resign Troy it will cost us a lot of money - he's clearly the best in his position in the NFL and one of the best game-turners too. That won't come cheap, which is why tying up Ike on a long-term contract is so important.
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