The ink isn't even dry on the new contract of quarterback Tommy Maddox and already other Steelers want their fair share. "I'm happy for Tommy; I think he's well deserving of an extension," Hines Ward told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "But why do Tommy and not Hines? That's the question I asked. I didn't get an answer." The three-time Pro Bowl receiver was the 29th-best paid wideout in the league last year, with a cap value of $2.1 million, and says the Steelers have turned down his request for an extension. Steelers president Art Rooney II cited club policy not to extend contracts of players who have more than one year left on their deal, though he admitted the Maddox case?the quarterback was under contract through 2006?was an exception. "It has to do more with the position than anything else," Rooney told the Post-Gazette. "It's an exception that will rarely be made."
With Plaxico Burress already skipping minicamp because the Steelers haven't offered to extend his deal, which expires after this season, Ward may feel his status as two-time club MVP entitles him to an exception as well. The Steelers take care of their own, and eventually Ward will get paid?but probably not until after the season.