Hampton gets paid before Ward?

I’m not going to knock Casey Hampton. He’s an all-pro nose tackle, his knee appears to be holding up wekk, and besides, he’s a much, much larger man than I.

But why are the Steelers signing Hampton to a long term dealbefore Hines Ward?

I suppose it’s just typical of the Steelers to take care of the defense first, but it sure seems like Ward’s deal ought to be the top priority in that front office, especially after he ended his holdout in good faith. If this keeps up, Ward won’t be wearing a Steelers uniform in 2006, and that is not good.

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