Steelers reward starting center Hartwig with new four-year deal

Pittsburgh Steelers center Justin Hartwig signed a new four-year contract Tuesday, two days before the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

Age: 30

Height: 6-5  Weight: 312

College: Kansas

Experience: 8th season

Financial terms weren't disclosed.

"It's a great feeling," Hartwig told the Steelers' Web site. "I just go to work every day and do my job and let these things take care of themselves. Fortunately it did, and it was right before the start of the season. I feel blessed to hopefully finish my career with the Steelers. It's a great organization, and I'm glad I'm going to be a part of it for a few more years to come."

The Steelers have a policy of not negotiating with players once a season begins, so Hartwig's deal -- which runs through 2012 -- likely is the last until the offseason.

Hartwig enters his second season as the Steelers' center and eighth in the NFL. He has started 79 career games, including some with the Tennessee Titans and Carolina Panthers. Hartwig was a sixth-round pick by the Titans in 2002 and signed with the Steelers after being cut by the Panthers following the 2007 season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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