Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Hines Ward could leave Pittsburgh, is Arizona an option?

Hines Ward, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers

Hines Ward could leave Pittsburgh, is Arizona an option?

By Adam Green/Arizona Sports

Pittsburgh-West could be adding another member next season.

"Anyone who thinks Hines Ward will retire hasn't been around him much," Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette writes. "He plans to play in 2012, whether it's with the Steelers or somewhere else."

According to ESPN's NFL rumors page, that somewhere else could be Arizona, and Steelers may decide to part ways with veteran wideout Hines Ward this offseason, and it would not come as a shock to see the Cardinals express interest in the former Pro Bowler.

That is, if he's ready to put his dancing and acting career on hold for a little while longer.

After all, Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt knows Ward well, and while the receiver is clearly on the decline, his veteran leadership and dirty play toughness could be a good fit in Cardinal red.

Then again, the Cardinals maintained all last season that they were pleased with the progress of Andre Roberts and Early Doucet, who each hauled in more receptions than Ward in 2011, and unlike the 35-year-old may still have their best years ahead of them.


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