Steelers reach deal with Hampton, franchise Reed

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP)—The Pittsburgh Steelers have agreed to a deal with nose tackle Casey Hampton and placed the franchise tag on kicker Jeff Reed.

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GETS NEW DEAL—This Sept. 10, 2009 photo shows Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Casey Hampton on the sideline during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Heinz Field.

ESPN first reported the agreement with Hampton, and Kevin Colbert, the team’s director of football operations, confirmed it Thursday at the NFL Scouting Combine. ESPN reported the deal was for three-years and $21 million, including $11 million guaranteed. Colbert declined to offer specifics.

Hampton, a nine-year veteran, had 43 tackles and 2-1/2 sacks last season. Colbert said he hopes Hampton will spend the rest of his career with the Steelers.

Reed, an eight-year veteran, made 27 of 31 field goal attempts last season.

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