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    Steelers have preliminary talk with Taylor
    Thursday, February 24, 2011
    By Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    [IMGR]http://i56.tinypic.com/2ij2ryt.jpg[/IMGR]INDIANAPOLIS -- The Steelers have had preliminary discussions with cornerback Ike Taylor about a new contract that would prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said today.

    The Steelers will not use the transition tag on Taylor, which would pay him the average of the top 10 cornerbacks in the NFL, or $11,817,000, in 2011. They had until 4 p.m. today to do so.

    But, after getting outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley to sign a franchise tender that would pay him the average of the top five linebackers in the league, the Steelers have turned their attention to re-sign Taylor, their best cornerback, before the collective bargaining agreement expires March 4. Taylor will be 31 in May.

    "We're really approaching this one guy at a time," Colbert said.

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    Colbert: Steelers, Taylor talking new deal
    By Scott Brown, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
    Thursday, February 24, 2011

    INDIANAPOLIS — The Steelers have talked with cornerback Ike Taylor about a new contract, director of football operations Kevin Colbert said today at the NFL Scouting Combine.

    The Steelers are not expected to use a transition tag on Taylor — the deadline for tags is 4 p.m. today — but they have made re-signing Taylor a priority.

    Taylor, who recently completed his eighth NFL season and sixth one as a starter, is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

    "We've had preliminary discussions with Ike Taylor on a new contract," Colbert said. "The other (free agents) we've had discussion with in more of a matter-of-fact 'Yes, we want to keep as many guys as possible.' "

    The Steelers used a franchise tag on outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley, and he signed a one-year, $10.1 million contract yesterday.

    "Both he and his agent (Doug Hendrickson) are aware that at some point we want to do a long-term deal with him," Colbert said.

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    This is a key signing IMO.

    I don't care who likes Ike and who doesn't like the guy, our secondary is ****ed without him.
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    This is a key signing IMO.

    I don't care who likes Ike and who doesn't like the guy, our secondary is ****ed without him.
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    I don't care who likes Ike and who doesn't like the guy, our secondary is ****ed without him.
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    I'm thinking a 3 year $21 million with a $5 million signing bonus.
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