Pittsburgh Steelers veteran wide receiver Hines Ward says he is willing to take a pay cut to stay on the team which he has played for his entire career, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“I'd probably have to restructure my contract," Ward said of the pay cut. "That's fine with me. I recognize that. I'm telling you I want to be here, I'm telling you I'm willing to do that. And I understand the ramifications -- we have the cap number and stuff, but I want to be here."
Despite earlier rumors that the 35-year-old would retire, Ward is reportedly determined that he can still play at a high level. Ideally, he would like to remain a Steeler, but if the club is unable to keep him on the roster, he says he is confident that he can still play football. Ward earned $4 million in 2011 but will restructure the two years remaining on his deal in order to remain with the team. He finished the season with 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns in 15 games for Pittsburgh.