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Hines Ward Might Eye Baltimore, According To Report

Hines Ward -- Baltimore Raven?

In an segment with The Fan Morning Show on Thursday, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Ed Bouchette suggested that possibility exists a day after the Steelers announced they plan to release the veteran wide receiver.

"I think he’d love to play in Baltimore. I don’t think he’s thinking of legacies right now," he said of Ward. "These guys want to play… once they quit, they’re done."

The Ravens, of course, are the Steelers' biggest rival and a team Ward tortured often through his 14-year stint in Pittsburgh. In 26 games against Baltimore, a division foe, Ward racked up 108 of his 1,000 career receptions for 1,320 yards and six touchdowns. He also had 63 receptions for first downs, after which he'd often flash his signature smile for the TV cameras.

With all that success and the bitterness of the rivalry in mind, it's hard to picture Ward suddenly on the other sideline in a black and purple uniform come next fall. It's important to note that Bouchette is only speculating the move could happen at this point, but the mere suggestion of it will probably upset a lot of Steelers fans.

Ward said on Wednesday that he hopes to play in the NFL again. It'll certainly be interesting to see where he lands, if anywhere, over the upcoming offseason.

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