Report: Steelers to let Ward go

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files)

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files)

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After 14 seasons, three Super Bowl appearances and two titles, the Pittsburgh Steelers have reportedly decided to part ways with wide receiver Hines Ward.

Sources told the NFL Network the Steelers had decided not to pick up the roster bonus for Ward, who was moved out of the starting lineup last season for the first time since he was a rookie.

Ward played in 15 games, but started nine, catching 46 passes for an 8.3 yard per catch average and two touchdowns.

He was reportedly on tap to receive $4 million in the last two years of his contract, but has said he would be willing to take less.

Last week in Indianapolis during Super Bowl week, Ward, who has 1,000 career receptions and 85 touchdowns, said he expected to be back with the only team for which he’s played in the NFL.

“I plan on playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and going from there,” he told reporters.

The four-time Pro Bowler who turns 36 next month has caught at least 94 passes in a season four times in his career.

 


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