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Old 05-12-2005, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Expect wards contract to grow

Hines Ward says he wants to retire as a Steeler and that he can't imagine himself playing for another team.

We'll see if the Pro Bowl wide receiver feels that way once he's offered a contract extension.

That offer will come sometime between now and the start of training camp.

Last year when Ward balked about the Steelers extending the contract of then-starting quarterback Tommy Maddox, owner Dan Rooney made a promise to Ward. Rooney promised Ward that he would be a priority this year. Mr. Rooney is a man of his word, so Ward will be offered a very fair number.

But, for some reason, Ward and his agents, Eugene Parker and Roosevelt Barnes of Indiana-based Maximum Sports Management, apparently are asking for a deal similar to what Marvin Harrison of the Indianapolis Colts received last year.

The 32-year-old Harrison, the top target of superstar quarterback Peyton Manning, got $67 million over seven years, including what amounted to a $13 million signing bonus ($6 million last year, $7 million this year).

For Ward and Barnes to think the Rooneys will pay Ward that kind of money is ridiculous.

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