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Casey Hampton wants to play two more years

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When the Steelers told wide receiver Hines Ward that they didn’t have a place for him in the 2012 season, he chose to retire rather than sign on with a different team.

Defensive tackle Casey Hampton isn’t interested in going that route. Hampton is the oldest player on the Steelers defense and he’s aware that the team might opt to move in a different direction at the position after the season. If they do, Hampton, who will be a free agent after the season, will try to keep his career going with another team. Mike Bires of the Beaver County Times reports that Hampton says he wants to play two more years regardless of what uniform he’s wearing when he does it.

“I definitely want to continue to play, and I definitely want to be here. But it’s a business,” Hampton said. “Whatever happens, happens. I don’t have any control of that. All I can control is what I do on the field.”

Hampton missed most of training camp after a knee injury in the playoffs last year, but he has started every game for the Steelers this season. Pittsburgh cut ties with a number of longtime contributors, including Ward, after the 2011 season and it is hard to see them changing course now that the team’s missed the playoffs this season. They can get younger and gain room under the cap by saying goodbye to Hampton, something that seems like a likely ending for his long run in the black and gold of the Steelers.

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27 Responses to “Casey Hampton wants to play two more years”
  1. ravenator says: Dec 27, 2012 1:59 PM

    Well you’re not playing two more years for the Steelers when their cap number is expected to be 20 million over for next season. I mean seriously, could management do any worse? They bankrolled on this season by restructuring contracts only to end up a .500 team or worse. If that’s not desperation, please tell me what is.

  2. ravenator says: Dec 27, 2012 2:02 PM

    Steelers continue their decline in the offseason, priceless.

  3. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Dec 27, 2012 2:03 PM

    I love “Big Snack,” and am truly very grateful for his years of strong play anchoring the point on a perennially elite defense. However, he would have to realize he’d have to take a pretty sizable cut in pay to justify his current presence on Pittsburgh or any other team’s roster.

  4. stillers35 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    Play as many years as you want as long as it’s not in Pittsburgh. I can’t take another year of watching you jam your face into that helmet. Time to move on

  5. blitzman67 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    Has he played the last 2 years?

  6. tannethrill says: Dec 27, 2012 2:07 PM

    I could see him in Denver

  7. randallflagg52 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:15 PM

    Last time I remember this guy in the news he was complaining after getting owned by Marshal Yanda. I didn’t even know he was still in the league.

  8. nickster31 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:23 PM

    ravenator says:
    Dec 27, 2012 2:02 PM
    Steelers continue their decline in the offseason, priceless.

    OK, so the Steelers keep him, and they are too old, they let him go and they are on the decline?

    Make sense if you can, I know that is hard for you. By the way, your team is going to be on a bigger decline than ours when you lose Ray Lewis and Ed Reed.

  9. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 27, 2012 2:28 PM

    I could see him Baltimore they help getting to the Super Bowl and he has been there.

  10. broncosfan29 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:31 PM

    lets hope he doesn’t go to denver

  11. ravenmuscle says: Dec 27, 2012 2:34 PM

    Who makes his helmet? His head looks like deformed watermelon.

  12. yinzgotsix says: Dec 27, 2012 2:37 PM

    Hampton should hope the steelers go in a different direction so he can play 2 more seasons with a competitive team. The steelers are going nowhere due to their terrible offense. Once again Ben was blessed with the #1 D in the league and he couldn’t lead this team to the playoffs. All the yinzers want to blame Haley, O line, WR’s, Tomlin and anyone other than Ben. It’s time to take the blinders off and realize he is not an elite QB. Never was never will be.

  13. steelersownyou says: Dec 27, 2012 2:38 PM

    McClendon is a beast. We have a beast ready to replace him. He’s gone like the ravens will be after the 1st round of the playoffs!!

  14. steelersownyou says: Dec 27, 2012 2:39 PM

    McClendon is a beast. We have a beast ready to replace him. He’s gone like the ravens will be after the 1st round of the playoffs!

  15. steelersownyou says: Dec 27, 2012 2:39 PM

    McClendon is a beast. We have a beast ready to replace him. He’s gone like the ravens will be after the 1st round of the playoffs…

  16. dangernearing says: Dec 27, 2012 2:52 PM

    Patriots go get him.

  17. bobzilla1001 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:52 PM

    Casey Hampton has always been under-appreciated by annoying Steelers fans. It’s humorous to hear them complain every season about Hampton’s imposing girth.
    Steelers fans like their nose tackles to be skinny and their quarterbacks to be fat. It’s a ‘Burgh Thing…

  18. ppc50 says: Dec 27, 2012 2:53 PM

    I think Dallas could be a good spot for him as a stop gap. If they bring back Ratliff for cheap, they could, finally, put him at D end. With the Brent situation, they don’t have a true 3-4 NT – never really did.

  19. galvestontexans says: Dec 27, 2012 2:57 PM

    Come back home to Houston we could use you in rotation.

  20. steelersforlife says: Dec 27, 2012 3:19 PM

    FIRE TODD HALEY!!!!!!!!

  21. steel420 says: Dec 27, 2012 3:24 PM

    He’s a 2-down player, but even then if the offense is passing he becomes a liability. Steelers can’t pay him what he’ll want and they have a backup nose tackle waiting to take over in Steve McLendon. Big Snack was a great player for the Steelers, but it looks like it’s time to say goodbye.

  22. jjbadd385 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:06 PM

    “Hampton missed most of training camp after a knee injury in the playoffs last year”

    Wait! They were in the playoffs last year? That’s right!! Thats the game Tebow threw for over 300 yards and sent them packing!! But Sanchez is the starter this week…

  23. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 27, 2012 4:07 PM

    randallflagg52 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 2:15 PM
    Last time I remember this guy in the news he was complaining after getting owned by Marshal Yanda. I didn’t even know he was still in the league.

    7 9 You must be mistaken. Casey was just telling marshal how cool it was to play in the Super Bowl…..something like that..

    Keep the big snack at a discounted rate and rotate him in and out.

  24. ppdoc13 says: Dec 27, 2012 4:50 PM

    @steelersownyou – you were one and done last year in the playoffs losing to tim tenor of all qbs. You couldn’t even get to the dance this year losing to a marginal bungles team at your home venue. And you have the cojones to talk about the repeat afcn chpion Baltimore Ravens. So the question is simple. Are you stoopid or just in a state of denial (which is not just a river in Egypt )?

  25. Nofoolnodrool says: Dec 27, 2012 5:02 PM

    jjbadd385 says:
    Dec 27, 2012 4:06 PM
    “Hampton missed most of training camp after a knee injury in the playoffs last year”

    Wait! They were in the playoffs last year? That’s right!! Thats the game Tebow threw for over 300 yards and sent them packing!! But Sanchez is the starter this week…

    0 1 say what…..?

  26. tedmurph says: Dec 27, 2012 8:24 PM

    I’d like to play too. However, I realize I’m too fat , old and slow, and my knees are gone.

  27. lp0320 says: Dec 28, 2012 7:00 PM

    Love Casey, met him once and he’s a great guy. If he can take a back up role at a reduced salary to help meet the cap, great. If not, I hope wherever he lands, he does well (but hopefully in the NFC!).

    As to the Ravens fans on the site, you may be the AFC North Champs, but believe me, you lost games you shouldn’t have (remember losing to Charlie Batch)? You will be one and done also in the playoffs. Your defense is also getting old. Be careful, what you spit up will come back and hit you in the face.

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