With Hines Ward now a FA......yes I know everyone. We have bigger fish to fry than a future HOF WR who could come out of the slot and make some nice plays, OR drill a DB who is trying to tackle McFadden. I think we all know Ward is the kind of player you want on your team. He has the leadership skills to help our young guys become better possession receivers so they can better utilize their raw talent which is speed, of course! He goes 110% on every down and there is no questioning his heart. I know he's old, but he still has more left in the tank than TJ and he would be a much better locker room influence.
We have a lot of young guys on our team which is not something we are used to saying. These young guys need veteran players here that they will respect and listen to. I'm sure many of you heard how the guys listen and respect Lechler because he gets the job done and has been doing it for a while. Ward is #1 for the Steelers in a few categories if I am not mistaken, so what better WR to bring in than a future HOFer?
Now let's talk cost...He knows he is not a #1 and possibly not a #2. His game has fallen off, but look at the bigger picture. If we could get this guy to come in and play for 1.5-2 mil I think we are golden. Not only will opposing defenses have to worry about our speedy WR's on the outside, but now a wrecking ball as a slot WR. I can see it now....HB draw or screen to McFadden, breaks a tackle, gets help from Veldheer, SS closing in, Ward smashes him, TD RAIDERS!!
As much as it hurts to say it, Ward defines a Raider in my opinion. He may always bleed black & gold but DAMN would I love to have a player like him on our team! Mr. Mckenzie, if you see this, have a deal inked up by this weekend my friend!