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The Steelers continue to free up salary cap space by reworking contracts of current players, and the most recent is veteran nose tackle Casey “Big Snack” Hampton.
According to a league source, the Steelers got a little further under the salary cap by restructuring the final year of nose tackle Casey Hampton’s three-year, $ 21 million contract. Hampton, who will turn 35 by the start of the regular season, was scheduled to earn $ 4.89 million in base salary with a $ 1 million workout bonus in 2012 and his cap number was $ 8.057 million. Under the restructure, Hampton reduced his base salary to $ 2.8 million and his workout bonus is gone, reducing his cap number by $ 3.09 million.
It’s not known for sure at this time but it’s quite possible that the Steelers added another year to Hampton’s deal if indeed it was a true restructure.
Adjusting Hampton’s contract in some manner had to be in the back of their minds all along considering his cap value this…
Source: Yardbarker: Pittsburgh Steelers