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Steelers Cornerback Ike Taylor Won't Hold Out, Hopes To Re-Sign

The way this offseason has gone so far, fans wouldn’t be shocked to see cornerback Ike Taylor hold out in the final year of his contract.

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Fortunately, that’s not the case.

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According to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Taylor plans on finishing out his contract. He hopes to get a new contract done in the following the 2010 season, his eighth with the Steelers.

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Taylor was a crucial cog in the team’s two recent Super Bowl wins, as well as a key source of the impressive team pass defense statistics the Steelers have recorded in the past few seasons.

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Currently, Taylor is underpaid when compared to other quality cornerbacks – Dunta Robinson, Dominique Foxworth, Jabari Greer – who’ve recently signed multi-year deals. It will be interesting to see how much Pittsburgh is willing to shell out for Taylor next year, when he'll be 31. And how much will Taylor be willing to forgo on the free agent market to fulfill his desire to retire a Steeler?

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