PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The NFL Network is reporting Hines Ward won’t be back in the black and gold next season.

The Steelers are currently reworking contracts to try and get under the salary cap.

Ward has one year left on his contract worth $4 million.

On the field, he’s taken a back seat to younger players like Mike Wallace and Antonio Brown.

Ward told reporters last week at the Super Bowl in Indianapolis he wanted to come back next season.

“I plan on playing with the Pittsburgh Steelers and going from there,” he said.

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