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15 Aug 2005

Ward Ends Holdout, Reports to Steelers

Meet the anti-T.O. Seriously, I wonder if the T.O. soap opera hastened Hines Ward's return to camp even though he still doesn't have a new deal (although the Steelers hope to have one done by the end of the week).

Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 15 Aug 2005

10 comments, Last at 21 Oct 2005, 12:48pm by john kuhn


by Athelas (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 11:18pm

As a Patriots fan, I have to say he is a player I hate, but would love to have on my team.

I saw him on ESPN tonight, and he did nothing to embarass himself.

I was hoping he would hold out for MUCH longer.

by Will Allen (not verified) :: Mon, 08/15/2005 - 11:23pm

I have a lot of admiration for Hines, and I don't want to sound too cynical, but I wonder if the reason the Steelers demanded that Ward come into camp, before hammering out a deal, is because once a player comes in he really can't go out again, if the team hard-balls the negotiations. Guess we'll find out....

by Steven Cummings (not verified) :: Tue, 08/16/2005 - 10:54am

Re #2. I don't know, maybe it's naive, but he seemed pretty genuine when he explained that it was eating him up inside just to sit at home, away from the team.

by carl s (not verified) :: Tue, 08/16/2005 - 11:04am

It's kind of refreshing to see an athlete seeming like a relatively normal person. I suppose "relatively" is the key word here, since after T.O. pretty much anything seems like sainthood by comparison.

by Countertorque (not verified) :: Tue, 08/16/2005 - 3:03pm

RE: T.O. vs. Ward

Well, let's wait and see who ends up with the better deal. I'd really like for the nice guy to finish first in this one.

by zach (not verified) :: Tue, 08/16/2005 - 3:30pm

well there are reports saying that ward will get somewhere in the ballpark of $20 million in guaranteed cash. since he's said he wants to finish his career in pittsburgh, and since he said he doesn't want marvin harrison/T.O. money, that money is probably spaced over a good number of years.

on the other hand, T.O., if he is released at the end of the year, i believe will not have yet made $20 million from the eagles. since i don't see another team paying much for him at that point, (depending on the season of course), hines may well have won out in the long term.

by SteelerBill (not verified) :: Tue, 08/16/2005 - 10:52pm

Hines Ward is a class act...I'm glad he's back...and look forward to his finishing his career in the 'burgh!

"Here We Go Steelers..."

by MMM (not verified) :: Wed, 08/17/2005 - 3:54pm


That wouldn't set a very good precedent, would it? If a team gets a reputation for doing as you suggest they only encourage more holdouts. On the other hand, if a team gets a reputation for giving players a contract they're happy with if they don't engage in an excessively long holdout...

by Dman (not verified) :: Wed, 08/17/2005 - 4:39pm

Best receiver currently playing in my opinion.

by john kuhn (not verified) :: Fri, 10/21/2005 - 12:48pm

He is the heart of the pittsburgh steelers.