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Ward reiterates desire to return to Steelers

| Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012

Hines Ward, in response to an NFL Network report that the Steelers won't bring him back for a 15th season, said he wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh.

Ward, the Steelers' all-time leading receiver, also said he is willing to work with the team to accommodate his return in 2012.

"I don't normally like to respond to rumors, but as I've said all along, I want to finish my career with the Pittsburgh Steelers," Ward said on his Facebook page. "And as I've already told the organization I am willing to work with them to restructure my contract to make sure this happens."

Ward, who turns 36 next month, has two years left on his contract at 4 million per season. His representatives have yet to hear from the Steelers since the NFL Network report surfaced Friday night. Ward, the MVP of Super Bowl XL, has no plans to retire.

Ward holds almost every major receiving record in Steelers history, and he is only the eighth player in NFL history with 1,000 career receptions.

Ward's playing time and production dropped significantly last season, and he lost his starting job in the middle of October to Antonio Brown.

Ward's 46 catches and 381 receiving yards were his lowest totals in each category since his rookie season in 1998.

A third-round draft pick out of Georgia, Ward made four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2002-05. He has gone over 1,000 receiving yards in a season six times and is widely considered one of the best blocking wide receivers of all time.

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