Veteran cornerback Ike Taylor still isn’t happy about taking a $4.25 million cut in his salary for the 2014 season to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“I’m pissed off about it, still am pissed off about it and I’m going to be pissed off until the end of the season about it,” Taylor told The Jim Rome Show. “Did it hurt me? Hell yeah. Does it still hurt? Yeah, it hurts, but hopefully I can go in and bounce back this year, do what I need to do on the field and we will see what happens after.”
The two-time Super Bowl champ said he had thoughts about leaving when he was asked for the significant cut in pay.
“I had seen a few guys who didn’t take pay cuts and went to other teams and it didn’t work out for them,” said Taylor. “So, at the end of the day, I didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh, point blank, period. I’ve got a lot of relationships – I have a lot of friends, I gained a lot of business relationships in Pittsburgh. Just hearing from other guys coming from other teams and being on the team with Pittsburgh, they say it’s like no other; it’s like day and night, so I’ll listen.”
Taylor says he was surprised the team came to him about the pay cut, believing he’d given enough to the only franchise he’s played for.
“It’s like you get to a point, why me? Like, I didn’t show my loyalty?” said Taylor. “I’ve been a good guy – not saying I’m flawless, I have my flaws, but you want to talk about a standup guy, who takes the blame even when he doesn’t have to. You want to talk about a guy who’s going to come in in-shape, not waiting to build up into shape when he gets to camp. Or you want to talk about a guy who’s unselfish and puts his team before his family and friends, you want to talk about a guy who has loyalty, yeah it’s me. It’s me you’re talking about. When you come to me and ask me for a pay cut, I’m like ‘Damn, out of all these people, you want to ask Ike.’”
Taylor says that while he’s glad he’s back in Pittsburgh for a twelfth season, it will be all for nothing if they don’t finish the 2014 season on top.
“Year 12 means nothing, if I don’t win a Super Bowl,” said the 34-year-old.