Steelers Expected To Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On DE Cameron Heyward Pretty Soon

Any day now I expect the Pittsburgh Steelers to announce that they have picked up the fifth-year option on the rookie contract signed by defensive end Cameron Heyward and now we know what the price of that 2015 salary will be in doing so.

On Thursday, the Houston Texans picked up the fifth-year option on defensive end J.J. Watt and Tom Pelissero of USA Today reported that amount as being $6.969 million. Being as Heyward plays the same position, that should be the amount of his fifth-year as well.

It is important to remember that the one-year option is guaranteed for injury only and the Steelers have until the 3rd of May to exercise it. There’s no reason to believe that they won’t.

Being as the franchise tag amount for a defensive end in 2014 was $13.116 million, you can see why it makes sense to pick up Heyward’s fifth-year option.

Once the option is picked up, the Steelers can then work towards getting a long-term deal done with the former first-round draft pick, but there’s no hurry to do so. In fact, an extension for Heyward won’t likely get done until training camp next year.

Heyward, who was drafted with the 31st overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, had a breakout season in 2013 as he registered 59 total tackles and five sacks to go along with seven passes defensed.

  • Brendan

    Hopefully Khan and company can figure out a way to sign him, Cortez and extend Worilds without handcuffing them down the road.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Agreed, i would like to see us retain some of our good young guys and still have a little bit of breathing room for other up and coming players

  • Jeff

    These 3 could be a solid core for years to come

  • MC

    This kid is the future leader of the d line and possible the defense as a whole. They got lock him down for more years!

  • Jack Lambert

    Pretty Soon ?? Quality headline there

  • Aric Brown

    I don’t mean to dog Cortez Allen, but I guess I’m missing something about him. To me Cortez is best as a 3. I know by now its beating a dead horse, but he was benched for longtime Steeler scapegoat William Gay

  • Steelers@2010

    This is a No-Brainer. Cam really came on strong last year once he got the playing time. I think they should go ahead and wrap up CortezA to a new contract as well, provided that it’s reasonable. I’m still reeling over them allowing Keenan Lewis to just walk away.

  • Steelers@2010

    I think he is ok as a #2; I don’t think he is a #1 CB like Ike was. I don’t think he never will be either. Sometimes he seems to really be into it, then there are times he seems to fade away. I think they will try and resign him though, CB are a premium in this Pass Happy League.

  • Aric Brown

    I hear you there… I think his ceiling is to be like Deshea Townsend.. a solid #2 with pretty good play making ability… This is why I’m banging the drum for Dennard

  • Steelers@2010

    I agree; if they can land Justin Gilbert at #15, imagine Gilbert/Allen with Gay covering the slot. That would be awesome! I think the Steelers will draft anothr CB later to compete to be the Dime DB.

  • SfSteeler

    dont forget about Pouncey…let see, thats $8M for an all-pro center, $8M for Worilds, $4M for a #2 CB, and $9M for “Mr. constant motor” Hayward, now thats some cash…

    maybe they can pitch in for pizza fridays?

  • shawn

    i think u will be pleasantly surprised by his play this year …

  • Aric Brown

    Id prefer them to explore trade options for pouncey