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Galax Steeler
03-03-2010, 04:53 AM
For many NFL players the start of free agency on March 5 will signal a chance to explore the options, visit other teams and see what is out there for them.

For Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton, that date will be uneventful. And that was just what he was hoping for.

Hampton could have become a free agent later this week, but the Steelers and Hampton avoided that when he agreed to a three-year contact.

"It was very important for our organization to have a player of Casey's caliber signed for what we hope is the rest of his career," said director of football operations Kevin Colbert. "Casey has been a big part of our success and we think he has a lot of football left. Plus, we think he's one of our true leaders, and to get this free-agency period kicked off early by getting him locked up, means a lot to our organization."

It means a lot to Hampton too. Hampton, who the Steelers drafted in the first round in 2001, knows how rare it is to play out an entire career with one team and is thankful he has that chance.

“It was real important to me,” Hampton said in an interview with Steelers.com, his first comments since agreeing to the new deal. “I think that any player’s goal when they go to an organization is to stay with one team throughout their whole career. In this day and time with the salary cap and everything, whenever you are able to stay with a team for as long as I have been able to, it’s definitely a big deal.”

Hampton likes the core group the Steelers have on defense and has built a strong chemistry with them, making staying put even more important.

“In Pittsburgh you get used to being around guys,” said Hampton. “Unlike a lot of other teams Pittsburgh builds through the draft and don’t get a lot of guys through free agency. A lot of guys who are here have been here for a long time so you get used to the same people.”

With the contract now out of the way, Hampton has set his sights on focusing on the 2010 season.

“That was my main goal to not have anything to worry about, get it out of the way and be full steam ahead and concentrate on nothing but football,” said Hampton. “That is all I have to do now.”

And his hope is that focus results in a better outcome in 2010 than in 2009, when the Steelers missed the playoffs after winning Super Bowl XLIII the year before.

“You have more hunger to you now,” said Hampton. “You know how it feels to be on top of the mountain and you know what it feels like to be on the bottom. With that said we need refocus and do the little things to get us back to the top of the mountain.”

http://www.steelers.com/news/article-1/Hampton-happy-to-stay-put/6eebe0fc-9078-4f1c-9fa6-c5a56e19efb6

pete74
03-03-2010, 05:39 AM
i love hampton and im sooooo glad we signed him up. he is a leader and a great player and were luckey to of had him for his entire carear. with that said and him knowing he is done in 3 years hopefully he dosnt tone it down knowing his end is near

Steelers>NFL
03-03-2010, 08:06 AM
It was great to see the Steelers and Hampton come to a fair contract.
Not over the top. Yet not cheap.
I'm sure he will play his a$$ off as if it were his last game. Gives the Steelers time to
find a suitable replacement. This is awesome!

vtw8lftr
03-03-2010, 10:23 AM
“You have more hunger to you now,” said Hampton.

Yikes! Didn't think that was possible for Big Snack :rofl:

Northside Jonny
03-03-2010, 10:32 AM
I'm so glad I don't have to buy a new jersey.

steelpride12
03-03-2010, 11:13 AM
Of course he is happy, he didn't get stuck with the tag and got the term and money he wanted. Stay hungry Big Snack!

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-03-2010, 11:42 AM
I think he settled for less than he would have got on the open market. The tag was gonna get him $7 million guaranteed and he settled for $11mil guaranteed over 3 years.

I'm happy he stayed, mostly because he is a top NT, but also so the Hampton haters that think he is lazy can blend back into the background and quietly stew.

Steeldude
03-03-2010, 01:00 PM
let's see if he shows up extremely overweight again.

Northside Jonny
03-03-2010, 01:17 PM
I heard the main factor in Casey staying is the fact he loves Prmanti Brothers.

steelreserve
03-03-2010, 01:18 PM
I think he settled for less than he would have got on the open market. The tag was gonna get him $7 million guaranteed and he settled for $11mil guaranteed over 3 years.

Yeah, but realistically, more like $15 million is guaranteed unless we cut him in training camp next year, and I think we know how likely that is. He'll probably collect on all of it, actually. Which is not something he could say if he signed a backloaded 5-year Dan Snyder contract.

I'm happy he stayed, mostly because he is a top NT, but also so the Hampton haters that think he is lazy can blend back into the background and quietly stew.

Very true. For my own part, I might have been approaching "hater" territory because of the almost-drama with the contract, but his skill as a player was never really in doubt. Now that the money problem turned out to be nothing, I'm about as happy as can be.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-03-2010, 04:51 PM
. For my own part, I might have been approaching "hater" territory because of the almost-drama with the contract, but his skill as a player was never really in doubt. Now that the money problem turned out to be nothing, I'm about as happy as can be.

With Parker soon to be gone, you will need to find another player to be a "hater" of. You could be a Hampton Hater, but I prefer that the Carey Davis Hater movement grows. :tt:

Northside Jonny
03-03-2010, 05:33 PM
With Parker soon to be gone, you will need to find another player to be a "hater" of. You could be a Hampton Hater, but I prefer that the Carey Davis Hater movement grows. :tt:

I'm still on the Bruce A. hater train myself , probably always will be. I'm convinced we won the superbowl in spite of him.

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-03-2010, 05:39 PM
I'm still on the Bruce A. hater train myself , probably always will be. I'm convinced we won the superbowl in spite of him.

OK, now that qualifies you officially as a hater. :pin:

Lets try and keep this a NO BA ZONE until after the draft :rulez: ......I'm actually enjoying the absence of that topic.

Northside Jonny
03-03-2010, 06:19 PM
OK, now that qualifies you officially as a hater. :pin:

Lets try and keep this a NO BA ZONE until after the draft :rulez: ......I'm actually enjoying the absence of that topic.

You have my word Gonzo no more BA talk till next regular season starts.

SteelMember
03-04-2010, 07:47 AM
let's see if he shows up extremely overweight again.

:mg:

NOTE (http://postgazette.com/pg/10063/1040147-66.stm) -- The Steelers have addressed Hampton's notorious weight issues in his new contract, and it would cost him $1 million if he does not meet the standards agreed upon. Hampton's $21.3 million contract includes a $6.5 million signing bonus as part of his deal with annual compensation of $4 million, $4.91 million and $4.89 million. He will receive an additional $1 million in total, pro-rated, over three seasons if he meets the weight requirements.

Steeldude
03-04-2010, 11:04 AM
:mg:

NOTE (http://postgazette.com/pg/10063/1040147-66.stm) -- The Steelers have addressed Hampton's notorious weight issues in his new contract, and it would cost him $1 million if he does not meet the standards agreed upon. Hampton's $21.3 million contract includes a $6.5 million signing bonus as part of his deal with annual compensation of $4 million, $4.91 million and $4.89 million. He will receive an additional $1 million in total, pro-rated, over three seasons if he meets the weight requirements.

i am glad they put a fat clause in the contract. let's see which wins out; hampton or food?

steelerdude15
03-04-2010, 11:15 AM
I'm so happy to know he'll be a Steeler for another three years coming. He's been such a important part of the DL and he's been a leader too. Hopefully he'll retire as a Steeler too. :thumbsup:

El-Gonzo Jackson
03-04-2010, 02:28 PM
You have my word Gonzo no more BA talk till next regular season starts.

Nah, its gonna start up before OTA's. I just want to make it thru the draft without another one of those.

As for the fat clause of Hampton, he is getting $21mil.....if he doesnt get another $333K in a season, what does he really care?? He is a solid NT and a professional......good to have him here.

SteelMember
03-04-2010, 03:28 PM
Nah, its gonna start up before OTA's. I just want to make it thru the draft without another one of those.

As for the fat clause of Hampton, he is getting $21mil.....if he doesnt get another $333K in a season, what does he really care?? He is a solid NT and a professional......good to have him here.

Ya. It boils down to an incentive, but 333K can buy a lot of chicken wings...

I mean rice cakes. :yuck:

steelreserve
03-04-2010, 04:13 PM
With Parker soon to be gone, you will need to find another player to be a "hater" of. You could be a Hampton Hater, but I prefer that the Carey Davis Hater movement grows. :tt:

Nah, I never had anything against Hampton except the possibility that he might be too greedy to keep playing for us. Since it turns out he's not, he's right up there with my favorites.

I definitely consider myself a Davis hater, but he's not a big enough part of the offense to fill Parker's hater spot. You could make a case for Gay, Sweed or Starks taking over the hater spot, but I really don't think I could muster the same level of intensity. Gay could get there if he sucks REALLY bad ... but if that happens, the coaches seem like they're smart enough to pull him and try someone else. So it would be hard to get the same level of frustration as Parker, where a guy sucks but they stick with him about 3 seasons too long.

Hmm, maybe it'll be easier to just keep making fun of Parker on his new team, because I'm sure he'll suck there too.

GBMelBlount
03-04-2010, 10:27 PM
This is great news for us.....and for Hampton as "staying put" requires less conditioning and is definitely something he is physically able to perform. :thumbsup: