Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network is claiming that the Steelers might cut or trade NT Casey Hampton. He has been wanting a contract extention this offseason. The Steelers extended DE Brett Kiesel, but not Hampton. Indications are that they have no intention of doing so. Typically the Steelers let these guys play out their current agreement and then let them walk, but a trade makes some sense too as they are trying to dump salary. So, the obvious question is, should Dallas be interested?
Hampton is a 4 time Pro Bowler, but turns 32 on Wednesday. He's in the last year of his contract making around $3M, so not bad. He's a 6-1, 320 lb run stuffer. Not much pass rush (5.5 career sacks) but holds up well at the point of attack. He's been pretty durable averaging over 14 games the last 4 seasons and not missing a playoff game.
Personally, I think this could be exactly what we are looking for. He can take some plays from Jay Ratliff, and even allow Rat to play at End some for Spears who rarely impresses. If Hampton plays well, we can extend him 2-3 years and possibly even consider moving Ratliff to End fulltime once we dont re-sign Spears next season. I know many of you are not a fan of putting Rat back at End, and I understand that. I'm a little iffy on the idea as well. But at worst, he would be a
suitable fantastic back-up to have at a crutial position. So, what would all this cost us, you ask? I'm guessing somewhere along the lines of a 3rd ruond pick. If Pitt is considering releasing the player anyway, that seems fair. And as Dallas is concerned, I would jump on that deal.