It was quite the proverbial shave and a haircut for Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor.
He accepted a $4.25 million paycut to remain with the Steelers this offseason.
"Did it hurt me? Hell, yeah," Taylor said on The Jim Rome Show. "Does it still hurt? Yeah, it hurts, but hopefully I can go in and bounce back this year, do what I need to on the field, and we will see what happens after."
Taylor's salary was reduced from $7 million to $2.75 million.
"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 said. "'Why me?' Like, I didn't show my loyalty? You want to talk about a guy who's going to come in in-shape, not waiting to build up into shape when he gets to camp.
"Or you want to talk about a guy who's unselfish and puts his team before his family and friends, you want to talk about a guy who has loyalty -- yeah, it's me. When you come to me and ask me for a pay cut, I'm like, 'Damn, out of all these people, you want to ask Ike?'"
Taylor's play went down a bit last season, but he remains a viable starting cornerback.
Why did he take the paycut?
"By the end of the day I didn't want to leave Pittsburgh," Taylor said. "Point-blank, period."
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