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Steelers haven't 'closed the door' on Hampton, Starks

Free-agent nose tackle Casey Hampton's Pittsburgh Steelers future appeared to be over when the team signed Steve McLendon to a three-year contract last week. General manager Kevin Colbert said at Monday's pre-draft press conference, though, that he hasn't "closed the door" on re-signing Hampton or offensive tackle Max Starks.

The Steelers' willingness to bring back the free agents depends on the outcome of their draft. Neither player is viewed as a starter at this stage in his respective career.

This weekend's draft proceedings also will go a long way toward determining if the team signs Ahmad Bradshaw to play running back.

Other nuggets from the pre-draft press conference:

» Colbert doesn't envision any draft pick coming in and being an impact player in his first season.

"I never do because I think there is always a growing process that has to occur," Colbert explained. The Steelers do believe they can find future starters in the first three rounds of this year's draft.

» Colbert believes there are six to eight special players in this year's draft, but he won't move up to grab one of them.

"There will be a good player at No. 17," Colbert said. "There's no question about that."

» Coach Mike Tomlin said Mike Adams and Marcus Gilbert are both "left tackle capable," but a decision hasn't been made yet. Adams appears to be the early favorite.

» The Steelers might consider extending the contract of wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders after matching his $2.5 million offer sheet from the New England Patriots.

Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.

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