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Hines Ward Done As Member Of Steelers, According To Report

Atlantan and former Georgia Bulldog Hines Ward has played his last year as a member of the Steelers, reports NFL.com's Jason La Canfora. He's said he doesn't want to retire, but with a $4 million contract, dwindling numbers and some swift youngsters elsewhere in the receiving corps, Pittsburgh will reportedly let him walk.

At least he stuck around long enough to foil Bane's plans to launch Heinz Field to Baltimore, yes? I'm pretty sure that's what the next Batman movie is about.

A 14-year veteran, Ward wouldn't appear to be a target for the Falcons unless he can come cheap, but a younger Ward would've been a perfect fit for the current Birds regime. He likes blocking about as much as he does catching passes, something both Roddy White and Julio Jones are known for. Actually, the more I think about it, the more I think Ward could actually have a small, one-year role here if there aren't too many bidders elsewhere. And not just because, you know, he grew up a Falcons fan.

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