Steelers want Casey Hampton back

With the Pittsburgh Steelers still committed to running a 3-4 defense and nose tackle Casey Hampton still on track to become an unrestricted free agent in a year that is still on pace to be uncapped, team president Art Rooney II has made his position on Hampton clear.

The Steelers still want Hampton.

“That will be part of our offseason plan, figuring out the best way to
do that
and how to handle Casey,” Rooney told Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review on Friday.  “We’ll get into
others and make some decisions about what we can do contract-wise with
various other players.”

The Steelers could opt to use the franchise tag on Hampton.  At times, they’ve been reluctant to use it in the past.  Two year ago, for example, the Steelers didn’t apply the tag to guard Alan Faneca, who signed with the Jets.

The Steelers typically don’t negotiate player contracts during football season.  It’s unclear whether any serious effort was made to sign Hampton to an extension before the 2009 campaign began.

26 responses to “Steelers want Casey Hampton back

  1. Hampton, not Polamalu and the four games a year he plays, is the most important part of the Steelers’ defense.

  2. When yuns have six rings u can go blah blah too. Big Snack will be back but I’m betting he’s franchised.

  3. @ this class sucks
    It was an accidental click and then I decided to comment….did I offend you? lol (I really don’t care by the way, just sayin)

  4. Peoples Champ says:
    January 16, 2010 6:34 PM
    Blah, blah, squeelers, blah, blah, squeelers, squeelers….
    _______________
    But yet you took time to comment.
    I wonder why Florio writes about certain teams so much?

  5. It would only be news if Rooney said we didn’t want him back. But what will we pay to sign him? The Steelers didn’t apply the franchise tag to Faneca because they didn’t want to pay a premium price for an aging guard. Casey’s aging, too. Just because we’re looking at an uncapped year doesn’t mean the Steelers will change the way they do business. Nor does it mean every player in the league will be on the gravy train. A Pro Bowler like Casey … yeah, he’ll do fine, just as Faneca did. But with no floor as well as no ceiling, the bottom may fall out for a lot of players. It will be an interesting off season.

  6. It is no secret that Florio is a huge Steelers homer. Let’s go Pens if you really believe that you do not watch the Steelers closely.

  7. @cunn9305: What’d those rings do for the Steelers this year!?!
    I think we both know the answer to that question.

  8. @Peoples Champion Idiot …
    Accidental click … oh brother. You’re just another anti-Steelers troll. At least have the backbone to own it. As for your post, I suspect “blah, blah, squeelers, blah, blah” is the closest you can come to stringing together a coherent thought.
    @Sourdough …
    Wow … that was original.

  9. can’t win ’em all baby … but we gots the mostest ………………………………………………..

  10. Every once in while ya’ need knocked off your feet with a hit at the knees. The Steelers had that happen to them this year. It may be the best thing that happened . Re-focus your weaknesses and we have them. Revamp the secondary would the 1st thing that needs addressed..
    I do know one thing……………
    The Steelers WILL be in the playoffs next year. Mark it down!!

  11. # Peoples Champ says: January 16, 2010 7:05 PM
    @ this class sucks
    It was an accidental click and then I decided to comment….did I offend you? lol (I really don’t care by the way, just sayin)
    *********************************************
    No, you dumbass – you don’t offend anyone. There’s a difference between being offensive and being annoying. You qualify as the latter.
    In more important news, gotta bring back tha Big Snack if the price is reasonable. Assuming he does come back, do I have any takers on bets regarding whether he gets thrown on the PUP list at the beginning of training camp again for getting his off-season chubs on?

  12. I love how all the jealous Steeler haters come out of the wood work for a simple Casey Hampton post. What a bunch of clowns.

  13. If the Skins are actually going to use the 3-4 as a standard defense next year, you’ll be sure that they will make a run at Hampton.

  14. Chris Hoke is the only depth the Steelers have behind Hampton. Hoke is solid, but is aging right along with Big Snack. It wouldn’t shock me if the Steelers target a nose tackle in the upcoming draft with one of their picks. Nose tackles that can be the solid anchor needed to effectively run the 3-4 are a dime a dozen.
    Wow, Steelers’ articles still getting trolled? Jealousy is a sickness I guess.

  15. Jagsfan: The Steelers should run a 4-3?
    Besides the fact that they don’t have any true DTs and Harrison and Woodley wouldn’t fit in a 4-3 defense b/c of their size, what makes you think the 4-3 would be a good idea?

  16. @C. Bass
    Yeah good call. 4-3 is stupid in general but the Steelers have built there entire defense around a 3-4. Right down to Troy Polamalu the defense is set on getting pressure and covering those quick passes. A 4-3 would require major rebuilding. Hampton probably would have to go. Harrison and Woodly would need to convert or go, and our solid DE’s would be either useless or need to go. Who ever said that, jagsfan, either knows nothing of football or just thinks the 4-3 is the the awesome.

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