It’s as simple as that.
Hines Ward, arguably a future Hall of Famer, will not be re-signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers. This is according to the team’s president, Art Rooney II:
We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year.
Ward is a four-time Pro Bowl selection, and was the MVP of the 2006 season Super Bowl. A victory over the Seattle Seahawks. He was drafted by the Steelers in 1998, and he will finish his stint with the team at an even 1,000 catches, 85 of which went for TDs. All things considered, that’s pretty impressive. Especially when you break it down and see that he averaged a score for every 12 catches. He has also amassed 12,083 receiving yards. Not too shabby for an undersized guy who played QB for Forest Park High School, in Forest Park, GA. A suburb of…Atlanta…
Yep. It sounds like I’m writing a retirement piece. Nah…just needed that transition…to Atlanta. Because I believe he is precisely what the Falcons need in the slot, and to mentor their young WR corps. I’m a Saints fan, so it’s somewhat sinful for me to suggest that other teams in the NFC South should be making improvements, but to see Ward back in Georgia? That would be special. No doubt, he’s got some fuel in the tank…if he wants to use it.