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    Steelers sign key receiver Ward to four-year extension
    Pasquarelli
    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com

    Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Hines Ward, regarded as the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Steelers offense, on Monday morning signed a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2009 season.


    Hines Ward
    Wide Receiver
    Pittsburgh Steelers
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    2004 SEASON STATISTICS
    Rec Yds TD Avg Long YAC
    80 1004 4 12.6 58 398

    The extension is worth $25.83 million and includes total bonuses of $10 million. Ward can earn an additional $2.5 million in incentives. Ward had one year left on his previous contract, at a base salary of $1.669 million. Without the add-on, he would have been eligible for unrestricted free agency next spring.

    The Steelers will officially announce the signing on Monday afternoon.

    The accord ends months of negotiations that included Ward's 15-day holdout at the start of training camp. Steelers officials had announced late last season their intention to sign Ward to an extension aimed at having him finish his career with the team. Negotiations between Steelers officials and agent Eugene Parker heated up over the weekend and the two sides completed the final details of the extension on Monday morning.

    Ward, 29, is viewed locally as a player who epitomizes the blue-collar mindset of the city and its team. Even with his three Pro Bowl appearances, he is probably underappreciated around the league. But the seven-year veteran, who turned himself into a premier player through hard work, is a wide receiver who excels at far more than catching the ball.

    He is arguably the best blocking wide receiver in the league and his versatility -- he played four positions in college, at the University of Georgia, including quarterback -- provides the Steelers coaches opportunities for considerable creativity.

    A third-round pick in the 1998 draft, Ward has twice been named the Steelers' Most Valuable Player, as voted on by his teammates. Over the last four seasons, Ward has averaged 95.3 receptions, 1,124.8 yards and 7.5 touchdowns. He posted at least 80 receptions in each of those seasons and went over 1,000 receiving yards each year.

    For his career, Ward has 505 catches for 6,055 yards and 41 touchdowns, and he is poised to break most of the franchise's key receiving records. Ward has appeared in 112 games and has started in 93 of them.

    Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com. To check out Len's chat archive, click here Insider.

    http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/column...len&id=2152351
    Minnesota Vikings needs in the offseason

    - QB

    - Re-sign Sidney Rice

    - Defensive Backs

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    Dark5859 this has got to be the highlight of your day and we all know Hines Ward deserves this him and Jerome Bettis are the heart of this team.

    Although I think you guys losing Burress is REALLY gonna hurt your offense.
    Minnesota Vikings needs in the offseason

    - QB

    - Re-sign Sidney Rice

    - Defensive Backs

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    • #3
      Just saw this on the news, its great. Ward definately deserved it.
      Steelers+Penguins+Panthers=Pittsburgh
      HAIL TO PITT

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