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Hines Ward, Steelers Parting Ways? Pittsburgh Might Not Bring Back Veteran Receiver

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Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) walks off the field after the Steelers lost 30-23 to the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)
Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward (86) walks off the field after the Steelers lost 30-23 to the Denver Broncos in overtime of an NFL wild card playoff football game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, in Denver. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

By Terry McCormick, National Football Post

Hines Ward might not be back in Pittsburgh after 14 seasons with the team, says Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network, citing two sources.

The Steelers have been shuffling money around with restructures and releases in recent days to try and get under the salary cap, and Ward's $4 million cap number in 2012 might be a place Pittsburgh will look to save some cash.

Ward's playing time dwindled in 2011, as he mostly watched while young receivers like Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown excelled in the Steelers offense.

Ward may still want to play football next season. But after so many years and so many moments in a career worthy of serious Hall of Fame consideration, it would seem odd to see him wearing some uniform other than the Steelers. But then again, he wouldn't be the first player bound for Canton to finish his career in a lesser role and in a different uniform.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com.

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