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    Steelers Sign Taylor to Five-Year Deal

    PITTSBURGH — The Steelers announced today that cornerback Ike Taylor has signed a five-year contract that will keep him with the team through the 2010 season. Financial terms of the deal were not released.



    Taylor, a four-year veteran, led the NFL with 25 defensed passes in 2005 and finished fifth on the Steelers with 96 tackles (72 solo), while also recording one interception and a forced fumble. Two of his biggest plays in 2005 season came when he recorded key interceptions in both the AFC Championship Game and Super Bowl XL.



    Originally drafted by the Steelers in the fourth round (124th overall) of the 2003 NFL Draft, Taylor (6-1, 191) became a full-time starter in 2005 and regularly drew the assignment of covering the opponent's top receiver. Taylor had several of his strongest performances in the 2005 postseason, recording 20 tackles (17 solo), two interceptions and five defensed passes in four games.
    http://news.steelers.com/article/68666/
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    Waahoo!!! This is freeking awesome !!!!!!!!!! Rock the hell on

    Locking up Ike is a great thing for us, and its one less guy we'll have to worry about next offseason !

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    This awesome news! Ike was somebody I didn't want to see the Steelers get rid of... you just made my day!!!

    The key pieces of the Dynasty are being wrapped up long term, this is awesome!

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    This is really good news. I still had some doubts about resigning Ike. But he do take a major step into becoming a very good NFL corner one day. Now if he can just hold onto the daman ball and make them INT's.

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    Steelers, Ike Taylor agree to five-year deal
    Sunday, September 03, 2006

    By Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    The Steelers today signed cornerback Ike Taylor to a five-year contract worth $22.5 million. It includes a $6.4 million signing bonus and erases fears that they might lose him as a free agent after this season.


    The deal came four days before the club's self-imposed deadline to end all contract negotiations until the end of the season, and three days after Taylor told reporters he thought something might get done.


    By extending Taylor's contract, the Steelers have no starters eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2006. Starting right tackle Max Starks will be their only restricted free agent if he does not sign a new contract before free agency starts in March.


    The deal comes one week after they signed halfback Willie Parker to a four-year, $13.6 million contract with a $3.75 million signing bonus.


    Taylor, a fourth-round draft choice from Louisiana-Lafayette in 2003, became their starting left cornerback at the start of last season. His 25 passes defensed led the NFL, but he acknowledged dropping about 10 interceptions. He did catch three, one during the regular season and two in the playoffs, including a big one in the Super Bowl.


    Taylor, 26, has the rare combination for a cornerback of size and speed. He stands 6 feet 1, weighs 191 and can run with the better receivers in the league.


    He led the Steelers with 10 tackles in the 2005 opener and continued his physical play throughout the season, finishing with 72 solo tackles, fourth on the team.


    "He gets his hands on a lot of balls, has a lot of knockdowns,'' Dolphins coach Nick Saban said. "I think their two corners are really smart in how they play, and they're not easy to beat."
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    By extending Taylor's contract, the Steelers have no starters eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2006. Starting right tackle Max Starks will be their only restricted free agent if he does not sign a new contract before free agency starts in March.
    Now tell me how many other NFL teams can say that !!!! That is just absolutely awesome when you think about it. Any changes to the roster next year will be because we wanted to make them, not because somebody left !

    Plus it gives us more time to concentrate on extending Troy's contract in 2007.

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    Im glad to see this...Good news for Ike...Bad news for Ben...
    Super Bowl XL Champions!!!

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    I'm so happy this is done with! Great news!


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    This is great news! Glad we locked him up now.

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    Steelers gettin in the job done but I still fell that Mcfadden should start

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