Steelers to release Hines Ward

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced their intentions to release wide receiver Hines Ward on the team's website on Wednesday.

Ward, who finishes his Steelers career with 1,000 receptions on the nose, was scheduled to make $4 million this season, but his release will give Pittsburgh some much needed salary cap relief.

“We had a conversation today with Hines Ward and informed him that we plan to release him of his contract prior to the start of the 2012 NFL calendar year,” Steelers president Art Rooney II said.

It will be interesting now to see if Ward wants to continue to play by hooking on with another team or will decide to retire.

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