Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward wants to finish his career in Pittsburgh and has offered to restructure his contract to do it.
"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 wrote. "And as I've already told the organization, I am willing to work with them to restructure my contract to make sure this happens."
The 35-year-old Ward is scheduled to make $4 million in 2012. He's coming off a season in which he finished with 46 receptions for 381 yards and two touchdowns, the lowest totals in each category since he was a rookie in 1998.
Yet Ward's role within the offense diminished as Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders passed him on the depth chart and Mike Wallace became a Pro Bowl-caliber player. Ward pushed aside speculation he would retire after the Steelers' season ended with a 29-23 overtime loss to the Denver Broncos in the wild-card round.
"No, I'm not even thinking about that," Ward said at the time.
Wallace, Brown and Sanders have spoken at length about Ward's leadership and all want No. 86 to be on the field next season.
"He sets the tone in the room," Brown said of Ward. "We definitely want to help a guy like him win."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.