Steelers notebook: Ike Taylor might pursue NFL television career
March 23, 2015 12:00 AM
Ike Taylor, considering a career in TV, has always showed his big personality when the Steelers arrive at training camp.
By Gerry Dulac / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
PHOENIX — Former Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor has accepted the idea he likely has played his final NFL game. But that doesn’t mean he will be removed from the league.
Taylor said he is not fielding or seeking offers from another team after his contract with the Steelers expired after the 2014 season — his 12th in the NFL.
That is a departure from what he said in January when Taylor indicated he was training to play at least another season and would consider doing so with another team.
Instead, Taylor said he is not training in Orlando, Fla., and might pursue possibilities in television with the NFL Network and NFL Films.
“I’ve been talking with them,” he said.
Taylor started 140 career games with the Steelers and finished with 14 interceptions, including a career-best three in 2007 when he returned one for a 51-yard touchdown.
General manager Kevin Colbert reiterated what team president Art Rooney II said last week — the Steelers likely are done signing any outside free agents.
Since the start of free agency, the Steelers signed only one player from another team — former Carolina Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, who was brought in to be a backup for Le’Veon Bell.
“You always want to have a fallback, someone to complement your starting running back,” Colbert said. “I don’t care how good you are, it’s really hard to play every down in this league. You want to have someone who’s been there, done that, but still not worn out, either.”
Colbert said he does not anticipate Williams, who will be 32 next month, having a problem with his role as a backup to Bell. That’s what the Steelers eventually discovered in 2014 after they signed LeGarrette Blount in free agency.
“It was made very clear to him by Le’Veon’s play last year that he’s a pretty good back,” Colbert said. “It’s a different scenario than it was last year. After his rookie year, I think you could say he was a good back. After last year, I think everybody can agree he’s a very good back. Someone coming in has a better understanding of who he is, or they should.”
Foote likely done
Former Steelers linebacker Larry Foote played in 15 games in 2014 for the Arizona Cardinals and finished with 83 tackles, 2 sacks and 1 interception.
But, Foote, who will turn 35 in June, doesn’t think his body can take a 14th NFL season, so he told coach Bruce Arians he would like to remain with the Cardinals as an assistant coach.
Foote, though, has left open the possibility he could always return as a player. Arians was receptive to the idea.
“He feels good and he played very well for us last season,” Arians said between coaches’ meetings at the Arizona Biltmore. “But we want to have him around because of what he means in the locker room. If he feels he can play, he might.”
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