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Old 03-15-2006, 07:14 PM   #1
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Default Hartings restructured...

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.
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:16 PM   #2
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saw this one coming, thx for taking one for the team jeff.....a true football player.
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:21 PM   #3
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Very cool.Hopefully we draft Mangold and Hartings grooms him.
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:26 PM   #4
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Good move by Jeff
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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.
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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.
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Old 03-15-2006, 07:43 PM   #7
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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.....
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Okobi has been promised the job. No Mangold (although he is by no means a reach at 32)
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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.
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Default Re: Hartings restructured...

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.
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