PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Steelers' top priority during this compact offseason was finding a way to keep top cornerback Ike Taylor in the fold.
They reportedly accomplished that feat late Tuesday, agreeing with Taylor on a four-year contract, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Financial terms were not available, and Taylor cannot officially sign his contract until 6 p.m. ET on Friday.
Taylor has spent his entire eight-year career in Black and Gold, starting at least 15 games in four straight seasons and staring as a secondary lynchpin on a pair of Super Bowl participants.
Pittsburgh also settled another of its questions entering a brief training camp, coming to terms with kicker Shaun Suisham, who made 14-of-15 attempts during the regular season after taking over for Jeff Reed, who was released at mid-season. Suisham did miss a pair of longer kicks during the playoffs, including a 52-yard attempt in the Super Bowl loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Also, the team signed another punter, rookie free agent Aaron Bates, indicating the team is prepared to part ways with unrestricted free agent punter Daniel Sepulveda, who tore his ACL for the second time last season.