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Old 04-15-2005, 01:56 PM   #1
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Default Hope gets a new contract

The Steelers retained the services of one of their leading tacklers in 2004 by re-signing restricted free agent safety Chris Hope to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not released.

Hope was a first-year starter for the Steelers at free safety last season when he tied for second on the team with 97 tackles. His 72 solo tackles last year ranked second on the team behind All-Pro inside linebacker James Farrior. Hope also defensed nine passes and recorded his first career interception in 2004.

Hope was originally selected by the Steelers in the third round (94th overall) of the 2002 NFL Draft. He is the fifth unrestricted free agent to re-sign with the team this offseason.
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Old 04-15-2005, 02:25 PM   #2
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This is good for us.. we get him for another year,and if he performs well, we can resign him, if he has a sub par year, like last year, we can just let him go.

My money is on Chris to have a good year though.
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:37 PM   #3
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Holy Cow. Do people think this is the year for us or what? All these 1 year deals. My FA scorecard for end of season looks like this:

Offense: Haynes, Cushing, Mays, Battaglia, Rasby, Morey, St. Pierre, Randle El, Bettis, Ward(for now), Tuman, Burr, and Schneck

Defense: Keisel, Hampton, Kimo VonO, Hoke, Kriewaldt, Townsend, Taylor, and Hope.
21? Is that right need some help checking facts?
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Old 04-15-2005, 11:53 PM   #4
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Verron Haynes was also signed.......


Halfback Verron Haynes, like Hope a restricted free agent, also did not sign with another team, giving the Steelers his exclusive rights for one more year.

Hope will receive a $656,000 salary this year unless he and the Steelers come to terms on a multi-year contract. Haynes has little choice now but to sign the same one-year contract for $656,000. Both could become unrestricted free agents next year.

Their other three restricted free agents previously signed. Defensive end Brett Keisel and wide receiver Lee Mays signed one-year tenders at $656,000. Kicker Jeff Reed signed a five-year contract for $7.5 million with a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Hope started all 16 games at free safety last season, replacing departed Brett Alexander. He was second on the team with 72 solo tackles and his 97 total tackles tied for second. He also had one interception.

Haynes, their third-down back, ran 55 times for 272 yards and caught 18 passes for 142 yards and two touchdowns last season.
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its not usual for the Steelers to sign tender 1yr offers to playerson the bubble, like Haynes, Hope, etc..to see if they will perform up to par,then they'll try and resign them the next offseason, or just let them go if they suck.
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yeah but with 21 FA come next year, unless you have a Ben or Ward jersey, I wouldn't go shopping for one this year.
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21?
is that how many? holy s%#%
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Holy Cow. Do people think this is the year for us or what? All these 1 year deals. My FA scorecard for end of season looks like this:

Offense: Haynes, Cushing, Mays, Battaglia, Rasby, Morey, St. Pierre, Randle El, Bettis, Ward(for now), Tuman, Burr, and Schneck

Defense: Keisel, Hampton, Kimo VonO, Hoke, Kriewaldt, Townsend, Taylor, and Hope.
21? Is that right need some help checking facts?
the only ones I would count on that list as being there in 2006, are St. Pierre, El, Ward, Tuman (maybe schneck), Hampton, Hoke, Kriewaldt, Townsend... HOpe & taylor are on the bubble.
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I know we regretted giving out all those contracts when we opened Heinz field, and we now want players to earn their contracts, but we could be looking at an overhaul this offseason.
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Lets win it while we can!
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