Hampton Not Ready to Retire; Says May Play Two More Seasons
Summary of 2 articles · Updated Dec 27, 2012
If they do, Hampton, who will be a free agent after the season, will try to keep his career going with another team. Hampton missed most of training camp after a knee injury in the playoffs last year, but he has started every game for the Steelers this season. Hampton is the oldest player on the Steelers defense and he’s aware that the team might opt to move in a different direction at the position after the season. They can get younger and gain room under the cap by saying goodbye to Hampton, something that seems like a likely ending for his long run in the black and gold of the Steelers. When the Steelers told wide receiver Hines Ward that they didn’t have a place for him in the 2012 season, he chose to retire rather than sign on with a different team. Pittsburgh cut ties with a number of longtime contributors, including Ward, after the 2011 season and it is hard to see them changing course now that the team’s missed the playoffs this season.