Well, I'll be damned.
The Steelers actually did sign someone
else before the beginning of the season.
I certainly didn't see THAT coming.
Nor did I see it being Justin Hartwig.
But, as the Steelers don't predicate their front office decisions on whether or not they will be shocking to me or anyone else, it's not like if you looked outside right now it'd be the apocalypse.
Anyways, in what should at this point be the last move before Thursday's opener, the Steelers did indeed re-sign veteran Center Justin Hartwig this afternoon. The deal extends Hartwig's contract for three more years, with the team paying him a reported $10 million over the next four seasons (presumably including this one) as well as a $2.1 million signing bonus (NOTE: despite what the headline above suggests, the deal is a three year extension...unless Drew Rosenhaus can't get his client's contract situation straight)
. And most amazingly, they didn't even have to cut Casey Hampton
to do it (that notion is still laughable, by the way)!
Despite the fact that he's 30 (he'll be 31 in November), and a veteran of 83 regular season games, Hartwig was a MAJOR improvement for the Steelers offensive line last season. I'm sure we all remember the Sean Mahan experiment and how well that went. So I suppose it's nice to know we'll (at least in theory) have some continuity at that all important middle position. Plus, we should be thankful that the team found enough cap room to re-sign a Center who at the very least wouldn't get cut by his former team a year after being re-acquired via free agency
Beginning this season, we'll look forward to four more years of you dominating Shaun Rogers.
And for you all, in the meantime you can dominate these links...
It wouldn't be Steelers season without China Jack [PSaMP
Better get your "stomp towel" quick...only two more days 'til Tennessee descends! (h/t Ben!) [Stomp Towels
Vern treats the Titans with the respect they deserve [You Lay On The Ice Like A Broad
The NY Times really loves the Steelers lately [NY Times
Solid Steelers-Titans preview [BTSC
Meet "Redzone" Willie Parker [Trib
Santonio not ready to hand over all return duties to Joystick just yet [Trib
New year, same Terrible Towel chocolate bars [PR Newswire
Steve's doing some sort of NFL preview...well, his roommates are, just on his
blog...anyways, you're just gonna have to go read them (beginning with Buffalo) [Steve Is Alive
Anyone care to help Sean gain access to Thursday's White House festivities [Sean's Ramblings
Are people really keeping their kids home from school so they don't have to listen to Obama's "socialist agenda?" [Grumpy Old Dog
Oh the interesting things you overhear at fast food restaurants [Cheese People
And finally, if you feel like losing your faith in intelligent life, feel free to read over some of the garbage being spewed on that YouTube video
I posted of Michael Griffin talking about the Titans stomping the towel. The cumulative reading level is at about 2nd grade right now.
Dios mio, man.
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