UPDATE: Steelers Have Yet To Pick Up Fifth-Year Option On Rookie Contract Signed By DE Cameron Heyward

UPDATE: Breer is now reporting that he had New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan confused with Cameron Heyward.

As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers have exercised the fifth-year option on the rookie contract signed back in 2011 by defensive end Cameron Heyward, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network. By exercising Heyward’s fifth-year, the Steelers will have to pay the Ohio State product a $6.969 million salary in 2015 unless a long-term extension can be worked out between now and then. Heyward’s $6.969 million salary in 2015 is guaranteed right now against injury only, so you can see why it was smart for the Steelers to exercise the option when you consider that the franchise tag next offseason for defensive ends will be roughly double that amount. Had the option not been exercised, Heyward would have been an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2014 season. Heyward was drafted 31st overall in 2011 and he had a breakout season in 2013. The Steelers can now work on extending Heyward’s contract at any time moving forward, but it could take until next year during training camp before the two sides come to terms.

Breer is reporting now that Heyward’s option has not been picked up as of yet.. Stay tuned.

  • srdan

    lol, love the update.

  • NW86

    LOL. It’s just a matter of time though. There is no reason to be in a hurry – I think most teams just want to get the players back in this week for a physical and to see them in the weight room, etc to make sure that they have stayed in shape this offseason.

  • pittsburghjoe

    This is horrible journalism…Ian Rappaport.

  • Matt Manzo

    What about Jordan Cameren?

  • Steelers@2010

    I’m sure this will be a no brainer, just a matter of time.