The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured the final year of Casey Hampton's three-year, $21 million contract, league sources tell Brian McIntyre of Mac's Football Blog. The move helps get the Steelers in line with the 2012 salary cap, and continues a long list of restructures and releases that have been a part of that effort.
Hampton, 34, was due a $4.89 million salary for the 2012 season. He was scheduled to count $8.1 million against the cap. Under the terms of his new deal, Hampton reduced his base salary to $2.8 million and surrendered his workout bonus. The move cuts his cap number to $3.09 million.
Hampton has been a centerpiece of the Steelers' defense at the nose tackle position, but age and injuries have started to take a toll. He turns 35 in September, and is coming off surgery to repair a torn ACL.