The past few days there have been several "leaks" about wards impending doom. He's reportedly targeted to be cut. This is totally ridiculous on many levels. First of all if the steelers are going to part ways with hines, he needs to be told FIRST! no leaks of said event. He deserves that. Many other steeler all time greats were cut, and went to play for different teams. However ALL of them knew about it before they read it on a Twitter feed.
Second the level of hack reporting needs to be assessed too. La canafora also reported 2 years ago we would trade or cut Casey Hampton. Perhaps his "sources" are set on clocks 2 years too early. Is it true or is it fodder? I have no idea because la canafora is wrong at least as many times as he is correct.
Third, I'm highly disappointed at the public spectacles ARII has transgressed this offseason. I agree firing Arians was necessary, but to call it a retirement, and to do so without putting the hc in lock step is not the steeler way. Then we had the oc hiring process. Now we have this "leak" about ward.
From a physical standpoint, ward should be cut. He had his least productive year as a pro, now he's a yr older, and he's at best a #4 wr on this team. #4 and #5 wrs need to be special teams beasts. I don't know if ward can do that. I don't think he can. He's not worth a roster spot.
From an intangibles standpoint he earns this roster spot no doubt. He's the main guy responsible for making these young receivers as good as they are. He's been a stand up guy, and passed on the steeler way. From this standpoint I want him back because they're still young and need the mentor, but they could hire him as a coach at the same money and less cap hit, but wait that's not true.
That is what will fuel the business decision that is ultimately made. The skinny of the situation is this. He's scheduled for a $4 mil salary. He's said he would take $2 mil instead to stay a steeler. He won't get either. If he stays its at the 10+ yr veteran minimum that puts his cap hit about 300k over what his cap hit is due to bonus acceleration on the unamortized portion of his signing bonus. For 300k we keep ward and burn the roster spot. Otherwise I feel he's gone. Remember the rook minimum is only slightly more for a guy who will be able to contribute on special teams. Tricky path for colbert and ARII to walk.
Regardless the situation, ward deserved better than this. All these decisions should be behind closed doors, no leaks. Here's an article from one of the pgh papers to that vein.
I honestly don't know what's going to happen at this point. I think ward will resign for the vet minimum to remain a steeler. I don't think he wants one terrible year playing for another team for a very little more money. He's going to make a ton as a tv guy. It can't be about money at this point for him. I think his drive to keep his steelers legacy intact will color the decisions on both sides, given the cap hit if he's cut.
That's my thoughts on the matter what does everyone else think?