Report: Steelers to Release Hines Ward or Force Him to Retire

Hines Ward has had a very good career.

Couple of Super Bowl rings, nice stats and a rep as one of the toughest wide receivers ever.  He isn’t a Hall of Famer (Hall of the Very Good) in my opinion, but he has been an integral part of the Steelers success.

But just a good sitcom his shelf life with the Steelers seems to be over.

Jason La Canfora of NFL Network reports that the Steelers won’t bring back veteran receiver Hines Ward for a 15th season with the team.

In 2011, Ward slid down the depth chart, which makes him way too expensive for his current contribution level.  Also, even if he cuts his pay down to the veteran minimum, he’s in danger of occupying a position that ordinarily would require the wideout to play special teams.