Steelers nose tackle Casey Hampton is the latest player to restructure his contract and help the team get further under the salary cap -- a sign he will be back with the team in 2012.
Hampton, coming off surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, restructured the final year of his three-year, $21 million contract that was scheduled to pay him $4.89 million in base salary and a $1 million workout bonus in 2012.
He was scheduled to count $8.057 million against the cap.
Typically, players who agree to restructure their contract do so with the understanding they will be on the team in the coming season.
General manager Kevin Colbert has already said he expects Hampton, who will be 35 when the regular season begins, to be with the Steelers in 2012.
The Steelers have already restructured the contracts of quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, tackle Willie Colon, cornerback Ike Taylor and linebackers Lawrence Timmons and LaMarr Woodley.
The team also released veterans Hines Ward, Aaron Smith, James Farrior, Chris Kemoeatu, Arnaz Battle and Bryant McFadden.
That brought them approximately $10.5 million under the $120 million salary cap before Hampton's deal was restructured.
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