I would be shocked if the Steelers actually traded/cut nose tackle Casey Hampton. I would be even more flabbergasted if Ted Thompson brought Hampton in.
While some are trying to throw water on the reports, there seems to be a slight rumble that the Steelers coaching staff has grown weary of Hampton's offseason work habits - which is what makes it hard to believe Thompson would bring in a guy who would command a decent salary, even on a one or two year deal, and then watch him skip the offseason workouts. It would just fly in the face of everything the Packers have worked so hard to build over the course of the last few years. Indeed, just yesterday Peter King was writing on how McCarthy was citing the teams 97% participation rate as one of the reasons we're seeing the success we've seen so far this preseason.
Of course, there's nothing saying Thompson couldn't bring in Hampton on a one year trial basis and see how the nose tackle fits into the culture of the team. (And make no mistake, that is a bigger deal to Thompson than almost any other General Manager) And bringing in Hampton would make an already solid interior absolutely frightening for opposing offenses.
In the end, I'm sure we'll be treated to an article by Bob McGinn this time next week detailing how Thompson was a phone call away from signing Hampton only to have the Patriots swoop in at the last moment and snatch him away...
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