John Harris of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review is reporting that Pittsburgh Steelers CB Ike Taylor will have a number of options once free agency begins. Harris specifically mentions the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Houston Texans, New York Giants,Philadelphia Eagles and St. Louis Rams as teams that are likely to consider bringing in Taylor to help their secondary. Harris also lists the Baltimore Ravens, Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, Dallas Cowboys, Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins as other teams that could show some interest in the veteran defensive back.
Basically, Harris is pointing out that the free agent market favors players Taylors and should allow him to secure a decent contract from one of the numerous teams that are in need of an upgrade to their secondary.
Last season the Steelers ranked #12 against the pass and Taylor (31) managed to lead the team in passes defensed (11) while adding 2 int’s, 1 forced fumble and a sack. His 2010 numbers were average at best and his passes defensed have declined for each of the last six seasons. Any team that’s considering offering him a contract longer than two years should approach such a move with caution because you’re not getting a play-making cornerback as much as your getting a declining veteran that happens to play a premium position.