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Ike Taylor | Defensive Back

Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 5/5/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 195
College: Louisiana-Lafayette
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Steelers RCB Ike Taylor says he was "hurt" by the $4.25 million pay cut the team forced him to take this offseason.
Taylor wasn't really forced, of course. He could've refused, been cut, and tested the open market. PFF's No. 98 corner last year out of 110 qualifiers, Taylor's free agency would've been quiet after routinely getting roasted and emerging as a weekly target for savvy fantasy owners. "I'm (ticked) off about it, still am (ticked) off about it, and I'm going to be (ticked) off until the end of the season about it," said Taylor. He has plenty to prove now, but we're not expecting a bounce-back season at age 34. Jul 1 - 6:28 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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Steelers RCB Ike Taylor admits he had a "so-so" year in 2013.

Taylor, 34, is being kind to a season that saw him get burned early and often. "(When) you play long enough, you are going to have a so-so year or two," Taylor said. Although the Steelers have precious little depth behind him, Taylor will be on an extremely short leash this season.
Jun 3 - 9:31 PM

Steelers RCB Ike Taylor is locked in as a 2014 starter after the team failed to address cornerback in the early rounds.

Pittsburgh didn't draft a corner until round five, where it landed raw athlete Shaquille Richardson. Taylor returns at right corner, with Cortez Allen on the left side and William Gay covering slot receivers in sub-packages. 34 years old and Pro Football Focus' 105th-ranked cover cornerback out of 110 qualifiers last season, Taylor will be someone to target in fantasy wideout matchups.
May 25 - 4:57 PM

Steelers RCB Ike Taylor expects the team to draft a cornerback in the first round.

As do we, with Virginia Tech's Kyle Fuller and Oklahoma State's Justin Gilbert as the top schematic fits for Dick LeBeau. Taylor envisions Pittsburgh selecting a wideout in round two, namely Clemson's Martavis Bryant. Taylor is likely just throwing darts at the board, but has a pretty good grasp of the Steelers' needs. We like Fuller for them in the first and Kelvin Benjamin in the second.
Apr 27 - 3:19 PM

Steelers CB Ike Taylor has agreed to a $4.25 million pay cut to remain with the team.

Taylor, 34 in May, was previously scheduled to earn a $7 million salary and count $11.94 million against the cap in the final year of his deal. He'll now earn a $2.75 million base. It was a smart move on Taylor's part, as the cornerback market is already loaded with veteran castoffs. GM Kevin Colbert continues to stay loyal to his aging players and appears frightened to make a tough decision. In steep decline, Taylor can't be counted on as Pittsburgh's No. 1 corner.
Mar 10 - 7:11 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora reports the Steelers are "working to see" if Ike Taylor will "take a pay cut to stay."

It's long been believed that Taylor would have to take a pay cut to stay with the only team he's ever known. Coming off a rough season, Taylor is scheduled to make $7 million, and count $11.94 million against the cap. There's no way he'll be back without a significant cut.
Mar 10 - 2:25 PM

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette believes Steelers RCB Ike Taylor will have to accept a pay cut to return in 2014.

Taylor, 34 in May, is scheduled to count nearly $12 million against the cap in the final year of his deal and has a non-guaranteed base salary of $7 million. Taylor can't cover the offense's No. 1 receiver anymore, as he was taken off those duties after being shredded early in the 2013 season. The Steelers will be in the market for some young corners in May's draft.
Jan 29 - 4:18 PM

The Steelers can create $7 million in salary cap space by releasing RCB Ike Taylor this offseason.

The Steelers aren't quite teeming with cornerback depth, but this will be a no-brainer move for Pittsburgh's annually cap-strapped organization. Taylor has fallen directly off the cliff in his age-33 season, will be 34 in May, and is owed a $7 million non-guaranteed salary next year. He's PFF's No. 104 corner among 109 qualifiers in 2013. Only Antonio Cromartie, Leonard Johnson, Derek Cox, Brice McCain, and Cortland Finnegan have graded out worse.
Source: CBS Sports
Fri, Dec 20, 2013 05:38:00 PM

Ike Taylor (concussion) did not practice Wednesday.

Taylor is in a race to get cleared ahead of Sunday's game against Stevie Johnson and the Bills. The veteran was spectacular last year, but has been routinely roasted in man coverage this year. Taylor is ProFootballFocus' No. 93 corner among 107 qualifiers this season.
Thu, Nov 7, 2013 10:04:00 AM

Ike Taylor sustained a concussion in Sunday's Week 9 loss at New England.

Taylor must have sustained the concussion very late, because we saw him get burned by Aaron Dobson for an 81-yard touchdown with just 5:15 left in the game. Consider the Steelers top corner questionable for a Week 10 game against Stevie Johnson and the Bills.
Sun, Nov 3, 2013 11:33:00 PM

Steelers CB Ike Taylor has agreed to restructure his contract.

Taylor's remaining 2013 salary will be converted into a signing bonus. The move reduces his cap hit from $9.5 million to $8 million. The Steelers are now currently $1.675 million under the salary cap.
Fri, Oct 25, 2013 07:44:00 PM

Steelers coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that RCB Ike Taylor's hairline leg fracture will not require offseason surgery.

Taylor's injury will heal with rest, and he should be available for the full offseason program. Though he turns 33 in May, Taylor is still playing at a high enough level that the Steelers won't think twice about retaining him at his $6 million scheduled base salary. He'll return as Pittsburgh's top corner.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 12:19:00 PM

Steelers placed CB Ike Taylor (leg), TE Heath Miller (knee) and RB Baron Batch (arm) on injured reserve, ending their seasons.

There was some hope that Taylor's hairline fracture would be healed enough for him to play in Week 17, but that wouldn't make much sense now that the Steelers are eliminated from playoff contention. Taylor ended up missing the season's final month, but still put together perhaps the finest campaign of his 10-year career. He'll be well worth his $6 million 2013 salary as one of the game's better shadow corners.
Wed, Dec 26, 2012 12:19:00 PM

Steelers CB Ike Taylor (leg) will not play in Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Taylor is out of his walking boot and making progress, but his hairline fracture has not fully healed yet. It leaves the Steelers' secondary extremely shorthanded once again, this time for a must-win game at Cincinnati with playoff berths on the line. The last time these two teams met, Taylor played a major role in holding A.J. Green to a 1/8/1 line. Look for a gimpy Keenan Lewis (hip) to lead a committee defense on Green this time around.
Tue, Dec 18, 2012 12:17:00 PM

Coach Mike Tomlin confirmed RCB Ike Taylor (leg) will be out at least two games and possibly longer.

Taylor, who has excelled as a shadow corner for much of this season, has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his lower right leg. Previous timetables had his timetable in the 2-6 week range. The Steelers will be forced to roll with nickelback Cortez Allen opposite Keenan Lewis. They're also scheduled to work out free agent Stanford Routt this week. Taylor's absence snaps a 185-game consecutive starts streak.
Tue, Dec 4, 2012 11:31:00 AM