La Canfora: Ward won't be back in Pittsburgh in 2012
According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Steelers receiver Hines Ward won't be back with the team next year.
Heading into the final year of his current deal, Ward is due to earn $4 million next year and he's coming off the least productive season he has had since his rookie season.
Last year, Ward finished with 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns. From Week 7 to 17, Ward had only 144 yards and no touchdowns.
Teammates Mike Wallace (1,193) and Antonio Brown (1,108) both 1,000-yard seasons.
Ward, the team's third-round pick in 1998, ranks eighth all-time in receptions (1,000) and 18th in receiving yards (12,083).