Signings continue; Haggans hurt

The Steelers signed third-round draft pick Max Starks to a three-year contract, leaving only first-round pick Ben Roethlisberger unsigned from among the team's 2004 draft class.<br><br> However, the news isn't all positive for the Steelers as they prepare to report to training camp next week.

The Post-Gazette is reporting that head coach Bill Cowher is negotiating a contract extension. Cowher has led the Steelers to seven division titles in 12 years, but the Steelers have missed the playoffs four of the last six seasons. Cowher also hasn't won a championship in his 12 years with the team. Only Bud Grant, who coached 17 uninterrupted years before coaching the Minnesota Vikings an 18th season, coached a team longer without winning a championship.

Also, the Steelers have suffered an injury at their thinnest position. Outside linebacker Clark Haggans broke his hand lifting weights this week. His absence at training camp will open the door for last year's second-round pick Alonzo Jackson, inactive the last 14 games, to receive playing time. The only other outside linebackers on the roster are rookie fifth-round pick Nathan Adibi and undrafted free agents Nick McNeil and Dedrick Roper.

Starks, a right tackle behind Oliver Ross, reportedly received a signing bonus of $530,000 with minimum-wage salaries.

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