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Old 04-20-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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Default Steelers' over-30 set wants their money

Steelers' over-30 set wants their money
http://www.timesonline.com/articles/...e401148550.txt
By Mike Bires, Times Sports Staff

PITTSBURGH — Hines Ward and Casey Hampton want to be the next 30-something Steelers to cash in with lucrative contracts.

Last August at 33 years old, inside linebacker James Farrior got his deal done.

Last week, outside linebacker James Harrison, who turns 31 on May 4, became the highest-paid defensive player in franchise history.

“Potsie signed one. Deebo signed one,” Hampton said of Farrior and Harrison’s extensions. “So the myth is kind of changing of (the Steelers) not paying guys over 30.

“Just look out for me one time,” Hampton added with a laugh.

Actually, the Steelers did “look out” for Hampton four years ago when they signed him to a five-year contract that included a $5 million signing bonus. This season, he’ll make $3.075 million in base salary.

The Steelers also took care of Ward four years ago when they signed him to a five-year contract that included a $10 million signing bonus. Ward will make $5.8 million in base salary this year

But now Hampton, who turns 32 on Sept. 3, and the 33-year-old Ward would like one more extension that would all but guarantee they’ll finish their careers in Pittsburgh.

“I want to be a Steeler. I don’t want to put on another uniform,” said Ward, the Steelers’ all-time leading pass catcher and team record holder in several statistical categories. “If the two parties can come together and agree to that, I’m all for it.”

Ward said that his agent and the Steelers have only engaged in “minor discussions” so far.

When asked if he expects a deal to be struck before the end of training camp — the Steelers don’t negotiate once a season starts — Ward said, “I hope so. All the guys (in the last year of their contract) would. But I’m going to harp on it.”

Hampton, the Steelers’ first-round pick in the 2001 NFL Draft, said the Steelers won’t begin contract discussions with him until the start of training camp. Last year, Hampton spent two weeks on the physically-unable-to-perform list after reporting to camp overweight and out of shape.

“Of course I want to come back,” he said. “I wouldn’t want to play anywhere else. I want to end my career here. How many guys get to play 12, 13 years and get to stay in one place? Hopefully everything will work out and I will sign another deal and end up here.

“That was always a knock that (the Steelers) don’t pay you when you get over 30. If I get in a little shape and get in (to camp) right, maybe I will be the third guy over 30 to get a little money.”

Mike Bires can be reached online at mbires@timesonline.com.
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Well i honestly can see hines retiring a steeler , but i cant see big snack retiring a steeler
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Well i honestly can see hines retiring a steeler , but i cant see big snack retiring a steeler
Agreed I believe Hines will stay with us but Hampton will be history.
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Keep Hines, replace Hampton
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Default Re: Steelers' over-30 set wants their money

well it's nice 2 see hampton trying to come into camp in shape for once.. lol..
if hampton wants 2 be like ward,, then maybe they can find a middle and then he can get his wish bout retiring a steeler
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I don't know if anyone else saw it last night or not, if so you could refresh my memory. But, on KDKA last night they were talking to Hines and Casey (probably at the same time this was going on) and it sure sounded to me like Hines was willing to take at least some sort of hometown discount, no idea how big of one, but thats the way it sounded to me.

All I remember about them talking to Hampton was the quote about him coming in better shape this year.
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Well i honestly can see hines retiring a steeler , but i cant see big snack retiring a steeler

Yes!!!!!!!!! Hines has already said he does not plan on going to another team and will remain a Steeler and has no problem doing what is needed contract wise to retire a Steeler. Hines said he learned a lot from Bettis and has no plans of shopping himself to any other team he wants to end his career in Steeler Town.
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Hampton has a few years left as a NT. After that he could be a great 4-3 DT. As for Hines we all know he wont leave this town and play for another.
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replace Hampton
easier said than done

I agree that I think the Steelers will let Hampton walk after this season but it will be tough to replace him. Nose Tackles are the cornerstone of the 3-4 defense. Without a strong nose tackle, the 3-4 doesn't work
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easier said (replacing Hampton) than done

I agree that I think the Steelers will let Hampton walk after this season but it will be tough to replace him. Nose Tackles are the cornerstone of the 3-4 defense. Without a strong nose tackle, the 3-4 doesn't work
I like Hampton but I dunno. Hasn't Hoke filled in pretty well when called upon? If Hampton is coming into the last year of his contract in better shape (for a change) it could be argued that it is only to cash in when he negotiates his final contract. I personally would be very careful about paying him top dollar at this point.......
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