Hoke given extension

The Steelers lock up a key component of their defensive line rotation through 2010.

The Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday signed backup nose tackle Chris Hoke to a four-year contract extension that will pay him $6 million.

The 30-year-old Hoke had one year remaining on his current contract. He will receive a $1.5 million signing bonus.

Hoke, 6-3, 305, signed with Steelers in 2001 as an undrafted free agent out of BYU. He has played in 45 games, including 11 starts, most of which came in 2004 when he started 10 games in place of injured Casey Hampton.


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