Source: Deal worth $22 million

Updated: April 26, 2009, 8:38 PM ET
By John Clayton | ESPN.com

The Pittsburgh Steelers wanted to make sure Hines Ward would complete what he had started -- one of the great receiving careers in Steelers history.

Ward agreed and signed a four-year contract extension that will allow him to stay a Steeler the rest of his career. A source said the deal was worth $22 million over the term of the contract. Ward was scheduled to be a free agent after the season. He is now signed through 2013.

The deal also frees up valuable cap room for the team. ...

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