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By Scott Brown
Friday, March 16, 2012

Veteran nose tackle Casey Hampton agreed to a pay cut Thursday, providing the Steelers with more salary cap savings and shoring up his future with the team.

The move is expected to save the team about $3 million against the cap -- $2 million in salary and $1 million in a workout bonus that Hampton would have received this year.

Hampton had been slated to make a base salary of $4.89 million in the final year of the three-year, $21.2 million contract.

The Steelers now are about $6 million to $8 million below the 2012 salary cap.

Hampton survived a recent purge of veterans, even though he tore an ACL in the Steelers' playoff loss in Denver and is not assured of being ready for the start of next season.

Hampton, who had 32 tackles in 13 regular-season games last season, has been an anchor in the middle of the Steelers' defense for more than a decade.

General manager Kevin Colbert said last month the Steelers would bring back Hampton, a five-time Pro Bowler, for a 12th season.

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