After learning of the terms of Casey Hampton's new deal with the Steelers – three years at just over $21 million with $11 million guaranteed - I couldn't help but think about what a bargain the Steelers got.
Think about it.
Had they franchised Hampton, he would have been guaranteed $7 million in 2010 and would have been a free agent again after that.
So for $4 million more in guaranteed money, they can keep him in 2011 and 2012 as well. That's not too bad.
When you also consider Hampton counted just under $7 million against the team's cap in 2009, you also see the value in this deal.
Pittsburgh can now select a nose tackle in the draft and not feel the need to rush him into the lineup.
© Hampton's deal also allowed the Steelers the opportunity to place the franchise tag on placekicker Jeff Reed. While some felt it would be prudent to franchise Hampton to keep him hungry for his next contract, it makes more sense with Reed.
He's been arrested twice in the past year - while supposedly playing for a contract. Now, perhaps he'll keep his nose clean in an effort to get a long-term deal.
© Of interest Thursday was the fact New Orleans didn't tender offers to running back Mike Bell or guard Jahri Evans. Both would interest me as unrestricted free agents if I were in the Steelers' front office.