Don\’t Rule Out A Last Minute Casey Hampton Deal & Ryan Clark Getting Tagged


The hours are ticking down until the Steelers have to make a decision on whether or not they will have to place the franchise tag on nose tackle Casey Hampton. It is rumored that the Steelers have made one final contract offer to Hampton and his agent that would allow the Steelers to sign Hampton to a multi-year, future cap friendly contract. The new contract offer is reportedly front loaded and worth around 12 million dollars in guaranteed cash. The Steelers have until 4:00 p.m. Thursday to get the deal done to avoid having to use the tag on Hampton. If no new deal is reached, the Steelers will indeed use the exclusive franchise tag on Hampton while continuing to work out a new contract.

One of the caveats of getting a deal done with Big Snack would be that the Steelers could then turn around and use the franchise tag on free safety Ryan Clark and the transition tag on kicker Jeff Reed as planned. The franchise tag for safeties in 2010 is $6.455 million. This would enable the Steelers to keep all 3 unrestricted free agents they considered a priority without breaking the bank or hurting themselves in future years if and when the salary cap comes back into play. This would also give the Steelers plenty of time to work out a new deal with Reed and delaying a long term decision on the aging Clark.

Stay tuned as this could all go down very quickly if indeed the rumors hold true.

UPDATED: Hampton has agreed to a three year, $21 million contract with $11 million of the contract guaranteed.

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  • t1mmy10

    I’ll bet if hampton is signed to a contract, Reed (not Clark) will be franchised tagged. I think transition tagging Reed is very risky given how low the amount is, thus making it susceptible to poison pills. Clark could be transition tagged, because I question if any team would offer Clark a +6mil/year long term contract. Or they just wouldnt tag clark. but that’s my take.

  • admin
  • admin

    Yes. It could go either way with Reed and Clark should Snack get signed. Poison pills are poison pills though. Could happen to Clark just the same. 6 million still not out of question with Clark though. always a team out there that will over pay.

  • admin

    New deal for Hampton will be announced sometime in the morning.

  • Tanner

    If the steelers tag clark do you think they will still draft Taylor Mays or Take an OL?

  • Tanner

    Also do you think the steelers will get any big time players in the free agency?

  • admin

    Tanner, offensive line and safety are still in play even if Clark is tagged, yes. No I do not think they go after any BIG NAME players in free agency. Not the Steeler way. They build through the draft per usual.

  • t1mmy10

    although this is all in hindsight i respectfully have to disagree with you about the equal likelihood of someone stealing away a transition tagged reed compared to a transition tagged clark (obv hypothetically speaking now). reed’s cap hit last year was 2.5mil and the transition tag would be around 2.6mil. clark’s cap his was around 2.5mil and the transition tag would be around 6mil. it may “only take one team” but over paying for 100-200K a year (even for a kicker) is far more likely to happen than overpaying for 3 mil a year. but that’s just my opinion

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