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supa_fly_steeler
02-23-2010, 11:03 AM
Steelers close to putting franchise tag on Hampton
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Gerry Dulac, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10054/1037957-100.stm#ixzz0gNLVImed

The Steelers are trying to work out a long-term deal to keep nose tackle Casey Hampton from becoming an unrestricted free agent, but they will use the franchise tag on the five-time Pro Bowl selection if they can't, the Post-Gazette has learned.

The Steelers have until Thursday to place the franchise tag on Hampton, a designation that would keep him with the team for at least one more season and guarantee him the average salary of the top five defensive linemen in the National Football League.

The Steelers could then attempt to sign the 10-year veteran to a long-term contract, much like they did last season when they named Max Starks their franchise player and eventually signed him to a four-year, $26.3 million contract that included a $10 million signing bonus.

And it appears they are prepared to do that if they can't reach an agreement before Thursday's deadline.

Hampton, who will be 33 in September, has indicated to the Steelers he does not want to have the franchise tag placed on him.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10054/1037957-100.stm#ixzz0gNLaBT6Z

Edit can a mod/admin take the link out of the title accidentle over copy and pasting

mulldog24
02-23-2010, 11:20 AM
I hope we get something done with Hampton. It would put some pressure on the Steelers to replace him. I would also like to see Hampton retire as a Steeler.

supa_fly_steeler
02-23-2010, 11:32 AM
I hope we get something done with Hampton. It would put some pressure on the Steelers to replace him. I would also like to see Hampton retire as a Steeler.

I would tag him and try work out a deal over the next 5 months.

truesteelerfan
02-23-2010, 11:38 AM
I would tag him....Then try to work out a deal for a couple more years....I know DT's can be effective until they're probably 38 or so (Pat Williams, etc), but those are not very common. I'm just afraid Casey is asking for a lot more than a 2 down player is worth...I wish I knew where the offers from each side stood.

AllD
02-23-2010, 11:50 AM
They tagged him as negotiating strategy. This pretty much forces him to sign the final deal of his career or play one more year as a Steeler and give up hoping for a huge multi-year contract from another team. No team is going to pay a 34 year old NT a large signing bonus in 2011, if they even play.

It's not like he is being offered minimum wage. I know it's a business, but sometimes you have to adjust your lifestyle to live on $6 million per year. I know it's tough, but skip cheese on your Whopper in the offseason to save a few $.

steelpride12
02-23-2010, 11:54 AM
Ill wait till Thursday to believe any rumors going on about Hampton. Soon we will know, but I just feel the smartest choice is to tag him up and then worry about a long term deal around 4 years to finish his career with the Steelers.

Hampton is just going to have to understand that he is not worth the big dollars anymore and at his age will need to accept a pay cut because no team would pay him what he is asking for.

7willBheaven
02-23-2010, 12:51 PM
I would like to know what they mean by long term deal....3 years....5 years...what. I really dont think I'd want some huge 5 year deal....3 years maybe....especially if they can draft his replacement this year, so he could work under Casey and learn and such and then be ready to step in. I dont want them to give some long contract with decent money then his play starts falling off/etc (like Farrior). If they tag him now...then they can see what happens in the draft and if they can land an eventual replacement...then work on a shorter deal (if any).

MaidenIndiana
02-23-2010, 12:59 PM
At $6 million a year Hampton can afford to put extra cheese on his Whopper, at least at my local BK he can. I can't understand why anybody would complain about making that kind of dough. Maybe he ought to give L T a call and see how it feels like to be released

MasterOfPuppets
02-23-2010, 01:24 PM
fat snack no gonna like this...:nono:

tony hipchest
02-23-2010, 01:43 PM
3 years/ 21 million. $10 mil guaranteed (thats not too far off of the franchise value). the guarantee can be his base salary with 5.5. mil counting the next 2 years each, this way if we do need to cut him we do not have any dead money in amortized signing bonus. if we have to count him towards a future cap by keeping him, it is not much more than his cap value now.

steelreserve
02-23-2010, 01:58 PM
Hampton is just going to have to understand that he is not worth the big dollars anymore and at his age will need to accept a pay cut because no team would pay him what he is asking for.

That's where you're wrong. Some other team WOULD pay him that. It wouldn't be a very smart move, but they would. Probably 25 teams in the league are smart enough to avoid that, but all it takes is one and the result is the same to us.

Anyway ... I hope they figure out something that will last three years or so. It's not uncommon to see defensive linemen be effective until they're 35, 36 years old. But if he does get the franchise tag ... well, I won't feel sorry for him at all; he was practically begging for it.

steelpride12
02-23-2010, 02:25 PM
That's where you're wrong. Some other team WOULD pay him that. It wouldn't be a very smart move, but they would. Probably 25 teams in the league are smart enough to avoid that, but all it takes is one and the result is the same to us.

Anyway ... I hope they figure out something that will last three years or so. It's not uncommon to see defensive linemen be effective until they're 35, 36 years old. But if he does get the franchise tag ... well, I won't feel sorry for him at all; he was practically begging for it.

Well sure the Raiders or a team like that would pay the money and a few more desperate teams I believe you are right there. Oh yes I believe if Hampton can keep his weight manageable and injury free he for sure can be effective into his late 30's and the team can give him one more fat signing! :thumbsup:

aclark99
02-23-2010, 03:37 PM
I am not sure if signing him is a good idea especially slapping the tag on him. I strongly believe we can get a stop gap player and then draft a NT in this years draft. We have other glaring needs that are more pressing such as a CB. Drafting a CB is like like drafting a franchise QB, it is a crapshoot. Hampton is a good nose tackle but not worth the 7 million dollar tag that will be placed on him.

El-Gonzo Jackson
02-23-2010, 07:32 PM
I hope he gets a deal done for 3 or 4 years. That will give some stability until a younger replacement is ready..........and piss off a lot of the Hampton haters on the board that think he is lazy. :rofl:

Chidi29
02-23-2010, 07:36 PM
Almost certain this will be Hampton's last year.

chonba
02-23-2010, 08:47 PM
Steelers close to putting franchise tag on Hampton - Football
Steelers close to putting franchise tag on Hampton - The Steelers are trying to work out a long-term deal to keep nose tackle Casey Hampton from becoming an unrestricted free agent ...

Galax Steeler
02-24-2010, 04:36 AM
I am not sure if signing him is a good idea especially slapping the tag on him. I strongly believe we can get a stop gap player and then draft a NT in this years draft. We have other glaring needs that are more pressing such as a CB. Drafting a CB is like like drafting a franchise QB, it is a crapshoot. Hampton is a good nose tackle but not worth the 7 million dollar tag that will be placed on him.

The thing about it is can we draft someone who can come in and start in his spot from day one. I think we need to sign him for a few more years and draft someone who can learn his position so when he leaves we will have a replacement.

supa_fly_steeler
02-24-2010, 08:31 AM
comeon casey sign that deal.

wonder whats happening with clark and reeds deal

solardave
02-24-2010, 08:59 AM
I would like to know what they mean by long term deal....3 years....5 years...what. I really dont think I'd want some huge 5 year deal....3 years maybe....especially if they can draft his replacement this year, so he could work under Casey and learn and such and then be ready to step in. I dont want them to give some long contract with decent money then his play starts falling off/etc (like Farrior). If they tag him now...then they can see what happens in the draft and if they can land an eventual replacement...then work on a shorter deal (if any).

I think Hampton is good but never has been as good as he could have been had he kept in shape during the off season. Th eolder he gets the worse it will be. He knows we need him for at least one more year but we don't need a bad attitude in the locker room. We really need to fraft his replacement.

SteelMember
02-24-2010, 10:27 AM
Just do it. Do it.

http://kudossurf.files.wordpress.com/2009/06/196217268_1703431390_amc-mp-starsky-hutch-benowen.jpg

Chidi29
02-24-2010, 07:01 PM
3 years/ 21 million. $10 mil guaranteed (thats not too far off of the franchise value). the guarantee can be his base salary with 5.5. mil counting the next 2 years each, this way if we do need to cut him we do not have any dead money in amortized signing bonus. if we have to count him towards a future cap by keeping him, it is not much more than his cap value now.

It's not a terrible idea, but the base salary can't work that way. Wouldn't satisfy the 30% rule the league has. That is, base salaries can't increase by more than 30% season to season.

I figure that Hampton asked for a huge deal to start with, and we've been trying to bring that number down.