Report: Steelers could put franchise tag on Hampton

The Steelers are prepared to use the franchise tag on NT Casey Hampton if the two sides can’t agree to a long-term contract before Thursday’s deadline, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Tuesday.

The Steelers could tag Hampton in order to gain extra time to work out a longer deal, as they did last season with OT Max Starks.

Hampton started all 16 games for the Steelers this past season, posting 43 tackles and 2.5 sacks. If he’s tagged, he would receive the average salary of the top five paid defensive tackles in the league, meaning he would be owed $7.003 million.

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