Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said today that the team has had internal discussions about the future of wide receiver Hines Ward, but that no decision has been made about whether Ward will be part of the team in 2012.
Colbert also had a couple of other interesting statements.
First, he's not counting on Rashard Mendenhall to return healthy in 2012 after suffering an ACL tear in the final game of the regular season.
Second, the team will not sign any of its free agents before the March 13 deadline.
In the case of Mendenhall, that means the Steelers will likely be looking for a running back in the offseason - either through the draft or free agency.
It's a safe approach for Colbert to take. Assume Mendenhall won't be back healthy, and if he is, it's an added bonus.
As for the free agent statement, it helps make a case for the Steelers to keep Ward.
Yes, Mike Wallace, Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders are under contract, but with Jerricho Cotchery set to become a free agent, there's no proven depth behind them.