Ike Taylor smothers Jerricho Cotchery (with an assist from James Harrison) during the AFC Championship game last month.
By Gerry Dulac Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.