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    Steelers Free Agent Decisions: Casey Hampton

    The Steelers have some tough decisions to make concerning their six unrestricted free agents before the signing period begins March 5. What they do about their hulking nose tackle may be one of the hardest.

    Casey Hampton will play in his fifth Pro Bowl next Sunday and it might not be the last time this year he wears a football uniform other than his Steelers No. 98.
    • For nine seasons, since he broke into the starting lineup as a rookie in 2001, Hampton has anchored some of the best defenses of the decade at nose tackle. But unless the team makes a move to keep him over the next month, Hampton will become an unrestricted free agent March 5.


    The Steelers have options, none of them cheap. They can negotiate a long-term contract over the next month or they can put either a franchise or transition tag on Hampton.

    His agent does not know what to expect, but sources told the Post-Gazette the team will try to sign Hampton one way or another before he becomes a free agent. That is something they did not try to do last year while they signed other players to long-term contracts before they started their final year under their old deals, players such as defensive end Brett Keisel, tight end Heath Miller and offensive tackle Max Starks.

    "Really, we don't know right now," said agent Eric Armstead, who hopes to talk to the Steelers during Senior Bowl practices this week in Mobile, Ala. "They have time to toy around until March. It's an administrative decision.


    A look at the other free agents the Steelers must decide on in anticipation of the start of free agency on March 5:

    "Typically, the Steelers do business one way. When they want to retain a person, they sign him a year early and don't make a big splash. They are textbook."

    That is what they did with Hampton the last time around. He had one year left on his contract when they signed him to a new one in the summer of 2005 at $22.75 million for five years. They ignored him last summer under identical circumstances and one year after coach Mike Tomlin put him on the physically unable to report list when the coach said he did not report to training camp in shape.

    Replacing Hampton would be a difficult job. Chris Hoke remains his backup and played well when he started 12 games in 2004, including two in the playoffs, after Hampton's season ended with a torn ACL. Hoke has not had to play often since then, although he regularly enters games to give Hampton a rest. Hoke turns 32 in April, Hampton 33 in September.

    Hampton has said he wants to stay with the Steelers and privately has told people that someone promised him the team would not put the franchise tag on him.

    However, the Steelers might have no choice and it might be their best avenue. The cost to put the one-year franchise or transition tenders on a player have not yet been revealed by the league or the players union. Last season a one-year salary required to pay a franchised defensive tackle was slightly more than $6 million, about $5.5 million for the transition tag.

    Each team will have both a franchise and transition tag if the collective bargaining agreement is not extended by March 5. That might not be a bad way for the Steelers to go with Hampton, who counted $6,652,000 against their salary cap last season. He would roughly count the same if franchised in 2010.

    If they put the "exclusive" franchise tag on Hampton, he cannot negotiate with other teams. The "non-exclusive" tag would allow him to negotiate and if he signs and the Steelers do not match, they would receive two first-round draft choices in return. The transition tag only allows the Steelers the right to match another contract and keep the player.

    "They haven't suggested making him the franchise player," Armstead said. "But a lot of times teams don't, so we really, really don't know."



    Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/10024...#ixzz0dYXg4zbR
    It you can waste money and give that fat slob Starks 7-8 million a year why not Hampton?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Captcoolhand View Post
    If you can waste money and give that fat slob Starks 7-8 million a year why not Hampton?


    Exactly! How many years has Hampton's defenses been ranked near the top? 4 pro-bowls. How many pro-bowls for Starks? Has the Steeler O-line ever been great with Starks in it? One year and that was in the 2005 superbowl year where he was a rookie. Since then the O-line has struggled and so has Starks. We cannot afford to lose Hampton yet and he has showed he still has something left. I think they should give him a two year deal if he will take it. If not franchise his *** so another team would have to give us something to take him from us.

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    Give Hampton his money, or be prepared to spend your 1st round pick on a NT; it's as simple as that. The dude has been money every year, regardless of his preseason weight issues. At the very least stick a tag on him so if he bolts we get some compensation. If they just let him go without so much as even trying to tag him or give him a decent offer to compete with other teams, they are stupid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TOP GUN View Post
    Give Hampton his money, or be prepared to spend your 1st round pick on a NT; it's as simple as that. The dude has been money every year, regardless of his preseason weight issues. At the very least stick a tag on him so if he bolts we get some compensation. If they just let him go without so much as even trying to tag him or give him a decent offer to compete with other teams, they are stupid!
    Agreed. The Steelers do not have a suitable replacement within the franchise to replace the foundation Hampton represents. As far as replacing him via free agency, good luck- the projected FA's aren't remotely comparable to Hampton's abilities. Drafting a DT will be tough, especially one that can start or at least rotate into the scheme with Hoke. Bottom line, Steelers must try to resign. If negotiations fail, tag him- at least for the compensatory picks that would be gravely needed to draft a replacement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ironman View Post
    Agreed. The Steelers do not have a suitable replacement within the franchise to replace the foundation Hampton represents. As far as replacing him via free agency, good luck- the projected FA's aren't remotely comparable to Hampton's abilities. Drafting a DT will be tough, especially one that can start or at least rotate into the scheme with Hoke. Bottom line, Steelers must try to resign. If negotiations fail, tag him- at least for the compensatory picks that would be gravely needed to draft a replacement.
    I wouldn't think twice about Franchise tagging Hampton. You dont let him walk for free.
    With the issues the Steelers have had with Aaron Smith getting injured the last few years.I think it might be tough to pass on Carlos Dunlap if he's on the board at 18 and Earl Thomas & Taylor Mays are off the board.(Joe Haden,Eric Berry & Rolando McClain will be off the board) Most people would say to take Terrance Cody but Tomlin already has an issue with Hamptons weight. I think Tomlin likes Dan Williams and has other NT on his list possibly Torrell Troup who did well at the east west shrine practice week & game.

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    Hampton wants to play for the Steelers but doesnt want to be franchised, so I think he would talk to the FO and negotiate before March 5th, so lets start talking. 3 years 15 million would be reasonable in my opinion

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    yeah reasonable is one thing, but haynesworth, canty, soon to be ngata, tommy kelly and shaun rogers all got big pay days.....why shouldnt hampton?

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    The franchise tag is only about 6.1 million, I think 5 million a year would be a pretty good payday for that position, Hampton would get three more years, the Steelers would get a 1 million day break on his pay this year, I would think for his age, 3 years at almost franchise pay is a "big payday" Plus, he wants to play for a winning team, and isnt about just money. Many people say he only worked hard this year because it was a contract year, but I think last year's groin injury hurt him more than people think and that is why he is much better this year.

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    what makes you think its not about the money? hes got 2 superbowl rings, why not go to the broncos or chiefs and make top dollar to be the foundation of their new 34 defense.

    im just sayin, its nice to think its not all about the money but if they dont tag him or work out a deal before FA starts, he will go to the highest bidder for sure and theres a market for him

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    He said it in an interview before the season started, he said if the Steelers didnt resign him, he was going to hit the free-agency market, but he said he wanted to play for a good team that had a chance to win the superbowl, not just any team

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