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DIESELMAN
03-15-2006, 07:14 PM
The Steelers finally agreed to terms with center Jeff Hartings on a restructured deal.

Hartings, who was scheduled to earn a base salary of $4.75 million this season, will now make just under half of that this season. In exchange, the Steelers gave the two-time Pro Bowl center a one-year contract extension for about the same money next season.

Sharkissle29
03-15-2006, 07:16 PM
saw this one coming, thx for taking one for the team jeff.....a true football player.

RoethlisBURGHer
03-15-2006, 07:21 PM
Very cool.Hopefully we draft Mangold and Hartings grooms him.

Prosdo
03-15-2006, 07:26 PM
Good move by Jeff

tony hipchest
03-15-2006, 07:30 PM
c. okolbi has a 6-7 year career ahead of him. hes spent years studying from one of the best. this is hartings final year it sounds, and okolbi will be more than groomed to take over without no drop off. we may even see a slight upgrade. if not the steelers wouldnt have been paying him what they have been paying him.

MNsteelers
03-15-2006, 07:41 PM
c. okolbi has a 6-7 year career ahead of him. hes spent years studying from one of the best. this is hartings final year it sounds, and okolbi will be more than groomed to take over without no drop off. we may even see a slight upgrade. if not the steelers wouldnt have been paying him what they have been paying him.

Exactly right. Okobi is the center of the future. Or is he? That's at least what his contract is saying. If you look at the deal he signed in 03, he is set to make starting center money this year. Obviously, Hartings doesn't seem to be going anywhere. Okobi's value now seems to be more of a multi-dimensional interior lineman as opposed to a starting center. He would have been released if he wasn't able to play three positions.

In regards to Mangold, whom everyone seems to be really big on this site, they shouldn't take him at 32, and he won't be there at 64. Plus the amount of money they now are giving to Hartings over the next two years and Okobi for how many ever he has (Tony, do you know that off-hand?), taking a center that high seems a bit confusing.

DIESELMAN
03-15-2006, 07:43 PM
This will be Chukwunweze Sonume Okobi's 6th year in the league he better be ready(he can squat 700+ lbs.)....he's filled in for Hartings pretty good here and there.....

Suitanim
03-15-2006, 07:55 PM
Okobi has been promised the job. No Mangold (although he is by no means a reach at 32)

tony hipchest
03-15-2006, 08:06 PM
the steelers have paid okolbi alot for the little he has done. on the same token they refused to pay alot for randle els contributions. why? they must feel el is easilly replaceable where okolbi is not. he was rightfully due to get his shot 2-3 years ago and if it werent for hartings rebounding from career threatening knee injuries and anchoring one of the top lines, okolbi probably would have. i think his contract is rewarding him for his potential and for being a team guy and a patient roll player until his # gets called. this is how the steelers operate. and okolbi will be prepared.

Suitanim
03-15-2006, 08:21 PM
Remember, Hartings said that the pain in his legs was so bad that he didn't see himself being able to play another season...and that was back in early 2004.

So you are absolutely right.

SCSteeler4Life
03-15-2006, 08:44 PM
They also could cut Chucky next week, if he is so good he would have been starting by know. I think they kept him around as insurance. It is really a wait and see the draft is completely different know than last week with the trades and signings. Young know will probably drop to Oakland, so who knows, I personally like the Carpenter kid.

Suitanim
03-15-2006, 08:53 PM
No way...why bother keeping him, grooming him, publicly promising him the job, reworking his salary, just to cut him?

It would send a HORRIBLE message to not only the other Steelers on the roster, and any FA's looking at signing, but would basically tell every player in the NFL that the Steelers are snakes and will reneg on their promises.

Tooquickrich
03-16-2006, 01:39 AM
They signed Chukky to a 2 year extention, so I think he's here to stay.

clevestinks
03-16-2006, 06:35 AM
Jeff way to take one for the team!

Stlrs4Life
03-16-2006, 07:23 PM
Steelers | Hartings contract details
Thu, 16 Mar 2006 15:43:09 -0800
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers C Jeff Hartings had his 2006 salary and roster bonus reduced from $4.75 million to $2.2 million. Hartings also received a signing bonus of $1.75 million and will earn $3.6 million in base salary for 2007.

Steelers | Tuman contract details
Thu, 16 Mar 2006 15:42:51 -0800
Ed Bouchette, of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports Pittsburgh Steelers TE Jerame Tuman agreed to a three-year, $4.25 million contract. Tuman will receive a $900,000 signing bonus and annual salaries of $750,000 (2006), $1.2 million (2007) and $1.4 million (2008).

SteelerFanInCA
03-17-2006, 04:46 PM
In this day and age were everything is all about the mighty buck, it's nice to see some one show unselfishness and take one for the team. That's mighty big of these guys.

BlitzburghRockCity
03-17-2006, 08:03 PM
c. okolbi has a 6-7 year career ahead of him. hes spent years studying from one of the best. this is hartings final year it sounds, and okolbi will be more than groomed to take over without no drop off. we may even see a slight upgrade. if not the steelers wouldnt have been paying him what they have been paying him.

Right on target ! rep points to you tony. Chucki has been around for several years for us, he's got some playing time but he's learned from one of the best in Jeff. Hartings' knees wont hold out forever but he's the anchor of our OL for now and Okobi will be ready.

Midnightwriter1
03-21-2006, 05:53 AM
Okobi will be our center and will be given his chance, who knew Hartings knees would hold up and that he would continue being a Pro Bowl center? I thin kwhat will happen is that Okobi will get more playing time this year and then letting Hartings go or retirement takes him and Okobi steps in. I dont see us even looking at Mangold or a center unless is late late rounds.