According to Dulac, ”the best Ike can hope for is to be offered — and for him to accept — a big pay cut.”
Dulac doesn’t see the Steelers converting him to safety either citing the fact that Taylor is “not a good tackler, nor is he that physical.”
Taylor, 33, is set to make $7 million in 2014 and carries a cap figure of $11.9 million. The Steelers could free up $7 million in cap space by releasing him outright, and given their current financial situation, it seems like this is almost too much to pass up.
As things stand right now, the Steelers are projected to be over the 2014 cap by close to $10 million, which means moves will need to be made in order to get them cap compliant. On top of that, OLB Jason Worilds and WR Emmanuel Sanders will both be unrestricted free agents, so they will need plenty of cap space to prevent them from testing the open market.
Taylor was rated as the No. 97 cornerback out of out of 110 qualifying players in the league last season, according Pro Football Focus.