The Steelers on Thursday made a move on their D-Line, as they gave a four-year extension to defensive tackle Chris Hoke. ESPN’s John Clayton is reporting that the terms of the extension will keep him in Black and Gold through 2010. Hoke gets a 4-year deal worth $6 million. He recieves a $1.5 mil signing bonus. Hoke was set to make $900,000 this year, which was set to be the final year of his contract. Now with the extension, he will make $2.1 mil this season.
Hoke has been with the Steelers for six seasons, and despite playing behind all-world nose tackle Casey Hampton he has done a solid job filling in and playing well when needed. Coaches on the team feel that the 31-year-old would be a starter on just about any other team in the league. Clayton also reported in the article that the team has begun talks with safety Troy Polamalu and will probably start talking to linebacker Clark Haggans soon.