Faneca will not return to Pittsburgh in '08

Alan Faneca said today he will report to the Steelers training camp on time Monday but that it will be his final summer at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe.

"I'll be there. I don't think I'll have bells on, but I'll be there," Faneca said from his home in Louisiana.

Faneca, a captain and the most decorated guard in team history with six Pro Bowls, will enter the final year of his contract with the Steelers and said he will play for another team in 2008 because no talks have taken place for an extension. He will become an unrestricted free agent in March. He skipped all of the team's spring drills in protest except for one required minicamp he attended.

Although still emotional about his contract situation, Faneca promised he would not be a distraction to the team this year and will perform as he has in his previous nine seasons with the team.

"I'm going to go about my business and play football. Any distraction would be through the media and how they perceive me going about my business of playing football.

"It's about playing with the guys next to you and playing for a job as well. It's a true sense of playing for a job, it just happens to be somewhere else the following year."

Faneca, 30, said the Steelers offered him a contract early this year but said it was so low it would not have put him among the top 10 guards in the league and called it merely a tool so club management could claim it offered him an extension.

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