Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor is coming off arguably the worst season of his NFL career.
The 34-year-old Taylor was one of the lowest-rated cornerbacks last year via Pro Football Focus (-8.2), and it looked as though the Steelers were going to part with him to shed his salary.
Instead, Taylor took a pay cut to come back for a 12th year in Pittsburgh. Taylor said he's been fortunate to build a lucrative career while helping the Steelers win two Super Bowls and go to another.
That said, he's still upset by the fact he was scheduled to make $7 million in 2014, but now will only pull in $2.75 million after a paycut.
"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."
Taylor lost his job as the team's top cornerback last year to Cortez Allen but says he's in the best shape of his career. The Steelers aren't planning on the 34-year-old Taylor being done just yet.
Hopefully, neither are opponents who like taking advantage of him.