Steelers reach deal with Hampton, tag Reed

INDIANAPOLIS — The Steelers have reached an agreement with NT Casey Hampton on a new contract, director of football operations Kevin Colbert announced Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Colbert wouldn’t reveal any details of the deal, citing team policy, but NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Wednesday that it was a three-year, $21.3 million contract.

“It was very important to our organization to have a player of Casey’s caliber signed for what we hope is the rest of his career,” Colbert said. “Casey has been a big part of our success, and we think he has a lot of football left in him. Plus, we think he’s one of our true leaders. To get this free-agency period kicked off with a couple of things early by getting him locked up means a lot to the organization.”

Colbert also announced that the Steelers have officially placed the franchise tag on K Jeff Reed. The deadline for teams to designate franchise players is 4 p.m. ET today. Colbert said the team intends to reach a long-term deal with Reed and indicated the tag was used to buy some time in the negotiating process.

“We’ve been in contact with Jeff,” Colbert said. “He’s aware of the situation. His agent is aware of the situation. Our goal is to lock Jeff up long-term and have him finish his career with the Steelers.”

— Frank Tadych

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