--Casey Hampton worried about being named the team's franchise player until he negotiated a three-year, $21.3 million contract last week.
"That was my main goal to not have anything to worry about, get it out of the way and be full steam ahead and concentrate on nothing but football," said Hampton. "That is all I have to do now."
--Hampton has long had issues with being overweight, so much so that coach Mike Tomlin put him on the physically unable to perform list to start the 2008 training camp because the coach said his nose tackle was out of shape. So, the Steelers negotiated a weight clause into his new contract that will cost him money if he goes above certain limits in each of the next three seasons.
Of his $21.3 million deal, $1 million will be jeopardized on a pro-rated basis over the three years if he does not make weight.
--The Steelers have partnered with STR Marketplace to provide a medium where fans can buy and sell seat licenses to Heinz Field without waiting a lifetime on their season ticket waiting list.
The information is available at www.steelers.com or http://steelers.strmarketplace.com.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"If I had to take an educated guess, I'd say the probability of him being a free agent is greater than him being signed." - Joel Turner, agent for FS Ryan Clark.
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