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Steelers Discussing Contract With Ike Taylor

The Trib reports that the Steelers have opened contract talks with cornerback Ike Taylor to keep him in Pittsburgh for the rest of the year. The Steelers don't usually negotiate contracts with players during the season, but apparently they granted an exception in this case.

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"There have been conversations. I've talked with a few people in this organization about remaining here. They know I want to retire as a Steeler,'' Taylor said Thursday. "I've been telling them I want to be here since the beginning of the season. Now it's getting down to this point.''

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Keeping Taylor in town should be a high priority, since the Steelers don't have much depth at cornerback. After Taylor, there's Bryant McFadden (who's neither particularly young nor particularly great) and William Gay. And after that, there's question marks (recent draft picks Keenan Lewis and Crezdon Butler) and Anthony Madison. If the Steelers can't retain Taylor, they could consider drafting a cornerback, but with serious needs on the offensive and defensive lines, a cornerback might not be the best use of their first-round pick.

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