Steelers sign Hartwig to four-year deal

The Steelers took a step to solidify their offensive line for the future Tuesday, signing starting C Justin Hartwig to a new four-year deal, which could keep him in Pittsburgh through 2012.

The Steelers announced the deal but didn’t include financial terms.

Hartwig had one year left on his contract and could have become a free agent following the 2009 season.

“It’s a great feeling,” Hartwig told “I just go to work every day and do my job and let these things take care of themselves. Fortunately it did, and it was right before the start of the season. I feel blessed to hopefully finish my career with the Steelers. It’s a great organization, and I’m glad I’m going to be a part of it for a few more years to come.”

Hartwig, who is in his eighth year in the NFL and second with the Steelers, started all 16 regular-season games and every postseason contest last season. He has started 79 games in his career, which included previous stints with the Titans and Panthers.

Hartwig initially was selected by the Titans in the sixth round (187th overall) of the 2002 draft out of Kansas.

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