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stillers4strife
06-09-2005, 12:17 PM
Steelers' Hoke agrees to two-year contract extension
Thursday, June 09, 2005

By Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Chris Hoke, a four-year veteran at nose tackle who saw his first game action last season, has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Steelers.

Hoke, 29, recorded 27 tackles (20 solo) and made two quarterback sacks in 12 starts after replacing Casey Hampton, a Pro Bowl performer who suffered a season-ending knee injury on Oct. 17 at Dallas.

Hoke originally joined the Steelers as an undrafted free agent from Brigham Young University in 2001.

http://www.pittsburghpostgazette.com/pg/05160/519052.stm

BB2W
06-09-2005, 12:53 PM
Thats interesting......there are some others I would have rather seen get extensions first. They must have plans for Hoke.

RoethlisBURGHer
06-09-2005, 01:54 PM
Could this mean we're not going to attempt to resign Hampton?

rowedf
06-09-2005, 02:01 PM
I think Hampton is a pro bowl nose guard. I do however heard he came into camp very overweight...that's not a good coming off knee surgery, the less weight on that leg the better. As long as he's healthy I'm sure they'll extend his contract. I'd like to see the stormin morman get groomed to fill kimo's shoes. With his motor he may be a very good DE in our system.

clevestinks
06-09-2005, 06:59 PM
Interesting! Yah I beleive there may be room for both Hampton and Hoke. Hoke was probably alot cheaper now than he would be later. I think its a good move.

BlitzburghRockCity
06-09-2005, 09:37 PM
This doesnt mean about not resigning hampton. You always try and resign the players that dont cost you that much. Meaning, HOke is an up and coming player and this is definately a good move for us. It sures up the middle behind hampton since he's coming off an injury and gives us insurance in case we cant resign him..but he's not that well known yet, and therefore wouldnt command that much money this year. So you lock him up for a nother couple years, while he's still relatively unknown, then you may just end up w/ a bargain in a couple years if he continues to improve.

Hampton is a priority, there's no doubt.

JerseySTEEL
06-09-2005, 11:43 PM
Hoke is just a steeler football type of player. he plays for the team and his love of the game, he filled in great for casey. and that doesnt mean we wont try and resign casey. it means well have a great Deopth guy on our line. like Blitzs said u always try to resign the players that dont cost you that much.

And the overwight issue isnt much, more then half the players comeback off there weight
mark. yes more weight on the knee but thats why we have camps to get his weight down.

ironcitychef
06-10-2005, 12:33 AM
Yeah just setting the table to talk to Hampton. You think Hampton's agent was happy we resigned the capable backup already? Its a small game of poker and the FO already knows one card is out of play...

BlitzburghRockCity
06-10-2005, 01:45 AM
Most definately...this lights alittle fire under the ass of hamptons agent since Casey has said he wants to play in Pittsburgh.

madrax
06-10-2005, 02:11 PM
Here's another article on it, this one by Pasquarelli, with financial details and a good take on it:

Deal keeps key lineman out of free agent pool (http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/story?columnist=pasquarelli_len&id=2082109)

stillers4strife
06-10-2005, 02:39 PM
Good move by the Steeler front office. Basically a safety net for the team in terms of a Plan B for dealing with Hampton and his agent.

I didn't take Hampton's comments about wanting to remain a Steeler too seriously. Hampton is looking for a new contract after miss parts of last year with a knee injury. He's looking to say the right things, etc. Say the right things now and maybe you get a contract early enough that you don't have to prove much that the knee is 100% rehabbed. Not to say he doesn't want to be a Steeler but I won't put much weight on those comments right now.

clevestinks
06-10-2005, 04:32 PM
I like Hampton alot, but don`t trust him to stay. Even if we come up with reasonable money.

clevestinks
06-11-2005, 03:11 PM
Pittsburgh Post Gazette has his deal as a three year deal, but I also heard 2 or even 4, does anyone really know?

Prosdo
06-12-2005, 06:15 AM
Steelers.com is saying its two years. Here is the link to the article http://secure2.steelers.com/article/53951/ .

clevestinks
06-12-2005, 08:16 AM
Thats what I read on thier web site also. But I`ve heard other reports.

Prosdo
06-12-2005, 11:14 PM
I was going with steelers.com because its their official site. The Tribune Review had this in an article on it's website "Note: The Steelers signed defensive tackle Chris Hoke to a three-year, $2.7 million contract extension, which included a $500,000 signing bonus. Hoke, 29, stepped in for the injured Casey Hampton last season after the latter suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week 6. Hoke started 10 games, contributing 27 tackles and two sacks for the NFL's top-ranked defense."

Heres the link: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/sports/steelerslive/s_342737.html

I'm still really curious to see the actual details. I guess we'll have to wait for them all to agree on one. lol

BlitzburghRockCity
06-13-2005, 01:44 AM
Good move by the Steeler front office. Basically a safety net for the team in terms of a Plan B for dealing with Hampton and his agent.

I didn't take Hampton's comments about wanting to remain a Steeler too seriously. Hampton is looking for a new contract after miss parts of last year with a knee injury. He's looking to say the right things, etc. Say the right things now and maybe you get a contract early enough that you don't have to prove much that the knee is 100% rehabbed. Not to say he doesn't want to be a Steeler but I won't put much weight on those comments right now.

This is one of those deals where nobody is saying much right now.. oddly enough. I know he's coming off surgery and all... but the Steelers take care of their own whenever possible. This might be one where you see it just kinda happen outof the blue. No daily updates or hype about ongoing negoiations, and then BAM! it happens. So we'll see.