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Casey Hampton not expected back with Steelers

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Longtime Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton is 35 years old and his contract is up. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Hampton is not expected to be re-signed.

The Steelers are expected to turn to some combination of Steve McLendon, Ziggy Hood, and Alameda Ta’amu to replace Hampton on the nose.

Despite Hampton’s age, he is coming off an effective season as a run defender and started 16-of-16 games. He’s likely got some good football left. Hampton stated in late December that he intends to play two more years.

For a comprehensive list of this offseason’s top free agents, bang it here. Hampton will join a nose tackle market expected to include Isaac Sopoaga (49ers), Terrance Knighton (Jaguars), and Aubrayo Franklin (Chargers). This year’s best free agent defensive tackles include Henry Melton (Bears), Randy Starks (Dolphins), Jason Jones (Seahawks), and Richard Seymour (Raiders).

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25 Responses to “Casey Hampton not expected back with Steelers”
  1. daburgher says: Jan 28, 2013 4:19 PM

    Gonna miss you, Big Snack! One of the most underrated and underappreciated NT’s in the game. If he takes a hometown discount, I hope the steelers can re-sign him. If not, he will definately help whatever team he goes to

  2. rg3andout says: Jan 28, 2013 4:26 PM

    he will sign with the mighty colts!!!

  3. explosionsauce says: Jan 28, 2013 4:28 PM

    Sopoaga would be wise to resign with the 9ers, he may want to cash in but look where that got Aubrayo Franklin, nowhere.

  4. raiderinva says: Jan 28, 2013 4:41 PM

    Have no fear, Mr Hampton will change the gold for silver and play in Oakland.

    Oh wait, the Raiders are still about $54 million over the cap and will not be able to sign the third over all pick.

    Never mind.

  5. ianwetpantscom says: Jan 28, 2013 4:45 PM

    If they cut Ziggy “lil snack” Hood they might be able to save the season next year!

  6. ravenator says: Jan 28, 2013 4:48 PM

    Replacing Hampton with Ziggy, McLendon or Ta’amu. Hahaha, this team is so desperate. Steeler fans will be craving for an 8-8 season when they only manage to squeak out a mere 4-5 games this season. Another down year in Pittsburgh, prepare yourselves! Yikes!

  7. hoops737 says: Jan 28, 2013 4:49 PM

    Saints are looking for a NT….

  8. schmitty2 says: Jan 28, 2013 5:00 PM

    Just wish they could have found a helmet that actually fit. All you ever saw was his forehead and his eyes peering through the facemask

  9. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 28, 2013 5:01 PM

    Bring back our sopa!
    Signed niners nation

  10. greenejoemean says: Jan 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    gonna miss ya, but it’s time. good luck in your future.

  11. benroethlisberger7 says: Jan 28, 2013 5:15 PM

    This is a man of pure Steeler blood. No other team is worthy of his presence. He will retire.

  12. bigbenownsthenfl says: Jan 28, 2013 5:29 PM

    McClendon is an absolute beast! He not only stuffs the run. He sacks the QB. And can’t wait til 49ers whoop the ratbirds. That way we can all taste the sweet teardrops of despair of the Ratbird fans!!

  13. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 28, 2013 5:37 PM

    Replacing Hampton with Ziggy, McLendon or Ta’amu. Hahaha, this team is so desperate. Steeler fans will be craving for an 8-8 season when they only manage to squeak out a mere 4-5 games this season. Another down year in Pittsburgh, prepare yourselves! Yikes!

    A down year is not a big deal…going to one Super Bowl after being close four straight years is pathetic….

    Time to rebuild but hey all we need is Charlie Batch to beat the rat turds…yikes

  14. rayswhitesuit says: Jan 28, 2013 6:20 PM

    I think ravenator is a closet Steeler fan- he posts on more Steeler items than Ravens ones. But I always appreciate his fresh take on things! Hate on, haters!

  15. mclovinib says: Jan 28, 2013 6:22 PM

    the downward spiral has begun in full force…12 wins and tebowed in ’11, 8 wins in’12….about to take on a very, very different look for ’13. most likely will still win 7 to 9 games in ’13, possibly even 1 v. the superbowl champs from baltimore…but make no mistake…this is a team on the decline…all the endless homer claims of 6 superbowl titles will not change that….you might hold off cleveland for 1 more year for 3rd place, but after that ….the cellar, get used to it, yinzer nation

  16. steelcurtainn says: Jan 28, 2013 6:48 PM

    I would like to have Big Snack for at least one more year before its time to move on. If the Steelers decide they do not want to keep Big Hamp, its been a nice ride with the Steelers Winning 2 championships with him. Regardless, with or without him, the next man will step up and the steelers will soon be contending for a superbowl championship once again. With a healthy Big Ben the steelers will always have a chance.

  17. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 28, 2013 7:52 PM

    Sopoaga, he probably does gotta go, get that money. He was one of my favs, i always switch him in older maddens. Hope you come up big!

  18. backindasaddle says: Jan 28, 2013 9:05 PM

    One of those guys will end up with the Patriots. They like to get a bargain basement last year or two from a proven veteran that still has a little gas left in the tank.

  19. Deb says: Jan 28, 2013 9:48 PM

    Given that he had a productive 2012, if Big Snack wants to sign a one-year contract, I wish we’d work out something. If not, I hope he retires as Ward, Farrior, and Aaron Smith did. I think he’d find it wasn’t worth the effort transitioning to another team for what will likely be no more than a year before his body gives way.

  20. finch76 says: Jan 29, 2013 6:46 AM

    Have u people been watching Hampton this year? He’s washed up. Every play he gets stood up and pushed backwards while he flails his arms around like he’s a chick in a fight. I love Casey but its time for him to go. Mclendon deserves a shot at starting.

  21. mrpkg says: Jan 29, 2013 9:32 AM

    Big Snack’s work was always under appreciated.
    Great player, great team mate.
    Will be missed in many ways.

  22. dmretrogames says: Jan 29, 2013 11:49 AM

    Well past his prime. Can no longer occupy two OL and routinely is handled by just one. Ta’amu will be the next great Pittsburgh nose tackle.

  23. matthewmtg45 says: Jan 29, 2013 8:56 PM

    Steelers will spend their #1 draft pick on the best NT this draft in hopes that it is the “Next Casey”.

    Team is high on McLendon-but do not believe [still] that they view him as the ‘next Casey’.

    Typical ‘less-than-ideal’ mindset of other NFL fans that simply lose grasp of what truly matters at the end of the day: Total Super Bowl Victories.

    They will spin it many different ways, often times with the inclusion of bitter harsh name-callings & other juvenile remarks, but at the end of the day, a number remains a number.

    And that, folks, is all that matters.

    Steelers: Six
    Ravens: One.

    Good luck catching up to that number in your lifetime Baltimore fans.

  24. sbsteelers says: Jan 30, 2013 2:46 PM

    We have seen this movie before and we’ll see it again. This is how the Steelers run the business. And I’m old enough to remember the lessons of the seasons after SB 13. Hanging on to older vets, including star players, after their prime is a mistake in most cases.

    They cut Franco, Alan Faneca, Aaron Smith and others. In all the years since Chuck Noll the Steelers have only made one mistake with the big cut – Rod Woodson. Once any vet reaches a certain stage it’s time for retirement or go elsewhere.

  25. soul64 says: Jan 31, 2013 8:41 AM

    I to am old enough to remember all of their super bowls. Teams hang on and so do players. And as far as Franco, Alan Faneca, Aaron Smith ,and Rod Woodson. Harris,Faneca,and Woodson were not cut! They left town over money.And Smith retired!

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