Ike Taylor: Pittsburgh is ‘like home to me’

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by George Henry
Associated Press Writer

BUFORD, Ga. (AP)—Cornerback Ike Taylor says he doesn’t mind the uncertainty of free agency in the NFL lockout.

Taylor said Thursday he isn’t worried about his next contract, though the two-time Super Bowl champion with the Steelers said that Pittsburgh is “like home.”

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UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENT—Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor leaves a practice field after a workout, May 26, in Buford, Ga. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

He is going through his usual offseason regimen with personal football coach Tom Shaw. The two met in New Orleans when Taylor was a 9th-grader and have spent time together in the summer ever since.

Taylor is one of 20-plus players, including New England running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis, who traveled from Shaw’s training site in Orlando, Fla., to work with some Oakland Raiders at a players’ mini-camp this week in suburban Atlanta.

Taylor believes he would already have signed with a team if not for the labor lockout that postponed the start of free agency in early March.

“It’s just got to play its course,” he said. “I’m not really worrying about it. The NFL has said they’re going to take care of the (free-agent) contracts whenever they need to.”

Taylor sidestepped questions about whether teams contacted his agent, Joel Segal, during the brief lifting of the lockout late last month.

”I don’t ask him,” Taylor said. “It’s not going to do any good, anyway. Once they get this agreement, everything else will take care of itself. For the time being, I’m just out here working out, having fun.”

After playing the final season of a four-year, $22.5 million deal, Taylor sounds as if he wants to return to the Steelers. During his first eight season in Pittsburgh, Taylor won two Super Bowl rings and played for a third title last season.

“I’ve been in Pittsburgh longer than any city I’ve ever stayed in,” he said, “So that’s like home to me.”

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