NFL: Steelers moving on from Casey Hampton?


LATEST CASEY HAMPTON RUMORS Casey Hampton showed this past season that he still has some football left in him but are the Steelers ready to move on? Gerry Dulac of the Post-Gazette wrote this morning that yes they are, writing “it appears the Steelers are prepared to move on without him {Casey Hampton}.” Hampton last season made $2.85 million and has all intentions on playing next season. Steve McLendon is the top replacement for Hampton and has shown some flashes in limited playing time. The Steelers also have Al Woods on the roster and fourth round pick Alameda Ta’amu ended the year on the practice squad but it’s still no guarantee the Steelers keep him around.

Three Takeaway’s from Steelers – Giants: Pass rush from the edge came alive in 4th quarter


THREE TAKEAWAY’S FROM SUNDAY’S 24-20 STEELERS WIN 1. DOMINATING AT THE LINE OF SCRIMMAGE: The Steelers are suddenly a team where there is some buzz about them in the AFC when discussing the top teams in the conference. The sense around the league is that Pittsburgh has the look of a football team that is peaking and two areas that standout over the past three to four weeks is Pittsburgh being a team that is dominating at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the football. Pittsburgh gave up four sacks against the Giants but against the pass rushers New York has on the edge, that is going to happen. Where Pittsburgh’s O-line dominated was in the trenches, opening up huge holes in the running game. Maurkice Pouncey and Willie Colon might be developing into one of the best center/guard combo as punishing run blockers…….. Ramon Foster continues to shine and MikeRead More »

The Latest Steelers Camp Rumblings II


LATEST RUMBLINGS — The Steelers coaching staff felt last year that no off-season due to the lockout really hindered 2010 2nd round pick Jason Worilds who didn’t make that big jump from year 1 to year 2 like the Steelers hope high draft picks do. This year it’s been another lost off-season for Worild’s who has been sidelined for months due to wrist surgery. Worilds has started camp on the PUP list and is still believed to be at least a good two to three weeks away from being fully cleared. As good as Chris Carter has looked in camp, there’s no signs right now that he could actually step in for a James Harrison or LaMarr Woodley if the Steelers are hit hard again with injuries at the outside linebacker position. Worilds is a player who needs to take that next step, especially as concerns mount regarding James Harrison.Read More »

NFL: Hampton calling the Steelers bluff?


Contract negotiations between Casey Hampton and the Steelers will heat up in the next 7-10 days and word from Casey Hampton’s camp is that Pittsburgh has no interest in offering a deal close to Hampton’s market value. Hampton’s camp is in fact calling the Steelers bluff, about the Steelers all of a sudden acting like the 32 year old nose tackle is a priority. Steelers front office executive Omar Khan and Eric Armstead, the agent for Casey Hampton, met during the early stages of the senior bowl last week. The two sides are expected to meet again next week following the Super Bowl. A deal in the 3 year – $22.5 million range with $9.5 million in guarantees has been floated around league circles, but in speaking to a source close to Hampton this morning, that kind of deal won’t be coming from Pittsburgh.

NFL: Hampton seeking more than $9.5 million in guarantees


Off-season Buzz The Steelers focus will quickly turn towards defensive tackle Casey Hampton in the coming weeks and to some extent right tackle Willie Colon, who the coaching staff regards as the Steelers best offensive lineman. Hampton, 32, is coming off his best season of his career and is in line for one last pay day. The Steelers did not make an offer prior to the 2009 season but have had a change of heart and will make Hampton a priority. The pressure will be on the Steelers lock up Hampton to a long-term deal before free agency begins. “If they let me get to free agency, everybody knows what it’s going to be,” Hampton said in September. “There ain’t nothing to even talk about.” The easy avenue for the Steelers to explore is putting the franchise tag on Hampton but sources indicate Hampton’s representatives have made it known thatRead More »

Pittsburgh Steelers’ All-Decade Team (2000-2009)


By Mike Bires Even if the 2009 Steelers don’t make the playoffs, it’s been a special decade for the Black & Gold. It’s the second-best decade of football since the franchise was founded in 1933. Only the “Steel Curtain” dynasty of the 1970s produced a better 10-year stretch. Think about all the outstanding players who’ve played for the Steelers during this decade. Jerome Bettis and Alan Faneca will be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ben Roethlisberger, Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu could also make it to Canton someday. We’ve seen the great tradition of linebackers continue with the likes of Jason Gildon, the Steelers’ all-time sack leader, and Joey Porter, James Farrior and James Harrison. This week, nose tackle Casey Hampton was named to the Pro Bowl for a fifth time. We witnessed the end of Bettis’ remarkable run in Pittsburgh and Willie Parker’s amazing success story. ParkerRead More »

Woodley elevating his game in second half of the season


By Mike Bires One reason why the Steelers can be dangerous if they get into the playoffs _ and that’s still a big if _ is the possibility of Troy Polamalu lining up again at strong safety. But another reason is LaMarr Woodley’s continued rise toward stardom. Right outside linebacker James Harrison, the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, received nationwide claim the past two seasons for the havoc he’s wreaked on opposing defenses. But last year in the playoffs, Woodley, the Steelers’ left outside ‘backer, had a six-to-one edge over Harrison in sacks. “He’s been that kind of guy since he’s been here,” Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said of Woodley. “His rookie year, he came on late in the year. Late last year, he was playing good football. He’s a guy that’s on the rise at the appropriate time and that’s what makes him a good player.”Read More »

Scouts favor Keisel over Hampton


Keisel, Hampton have one year remaining on their current contracts There has been a growing sense since the Steelers drafted DT/DE Ziggy Hood with their first round pick that Brett Keisel will be the odd-man out as the Steelers have not held any substantive talks on a new contract with Keisel’s camp. Infact, the Steelers have also held minimal talks with defensive tackle Casey Hampton. Hampton, 31, enters the season with a $6.6 cap hit and has not been a dominating force down the middle since the 2006 season. The Steelers drafted Ziggy Hood with the idea of him eventually moving to defensive end which would put Brett Keisel’s future in doubt but scouts around the league favor the 30 year old Keisel over Hampton for the present and the future. Inside the Numbers