Ward claims he isn't ready to retire and while I admire his attitude I cannot see him back next year without a substantial paycut. He has 2 years remaining on his contract at a substantial sum of money. He will have had his poorest statistical year of his career when this season ends so he will have little bargaining power to retain the current contract.
Ward has been one of my top 10 steelers players ever, but even I can recognize when the time is up and it is here for Hines. Would love nothing better than for him to prove me wrong, but he deck is stacked against him.