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Today’s the First Day the Franchise Tag Can Be Placed on Hampton

There’s been plenty of chatter about the Steelers putting the franchise tag on NT Casey Hampton. The big man has already said that it’d be a ‘slap in the face’ if the team did so, but hey, if they did so, Hampton would be making quite a bit of money, more money in one season where he’d make in one season with anyone else.

Of course the thing with Hampton is he wants a long-term deal for security reasons, and who can blame him? But the Steelers have to do what’s right. From all indications the right thing to do is to simply put the tag on Hampton, and do what they did with Max Starks last year and then try to work out a deal.

So the tag doesn’t appear to be coming anytime soon, but it’s a move that you have to think is going to happen sooner rather than later.

Matt Loede has been in the sports media for over 16 years, with experience covering the MLB, NBA, and NFL. On Sunday’s during football season, you can hear Matt on national networks like Fox Sports Radio, Associated Press, and others. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Matt studies and talks football inside and out, and is anxious to share his thoughts and comments with readers on a daily basis.

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