Well, he had a good run. Former Super Bowl XL MVP Hines Ward is officially on the unemployment line after the Pittsburgh Steelers parted ways with the 14-year veteran. That leaves the Steelers all-time leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving TD’s a chance to still play a few more years if he chooses.
But the numbers are quickly dwindling for Ward. He’s still a very atletic player but his 46 passes for 381 yards and two touchdowns in 2011 just weren’t enough to justify the $4.61 million it would cost to keep him on the roster next season.
With rumors of his retirement lingering I’m curious if Ward will try to play again. I mean, the Bengals could always us a receiver. Either way, I’ll miss his goofy smile and cheap hits on defenders. Not many receivers have the balls to crack a DB open in the middle of the field. Cheap or not, it was fun to watch.
[via USA Today] The Steelers plan to release four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Hines Ward, the team announced on its website Wednesday.
“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,” Steelers President Art Rooney II said.
Ward, 35, was drafted by the Steelers in the third round in 1998, spent 14 seasons in Pittsburgh and is the team’s all-time leader in receptions (1,000), receiving yards (12,083) and receiving touchdowns (85).