The Steelers locked up defensive end Cam Heyward through the 2015 season by picking up his fifth-year option, Alan Robinson of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports.
A provision of the NFL labor agreement that went into effect in 2011 allows teams to exercise a fifth-year option on first-round draft picks starting with the 2011 season, when Heyward was chosen.
For players selected from 11th to 32nd in the first round, as Heyward was, the option-year salary is determined from the average of the top 25 players at the same position, but with the top three salaries eliminated. In Heyward’s case, that would be an estimated $7.5 million to $8 million, but that won’t be determined until all such salaries are settled for the 2014 season.
Heyward was the No. 31 overall pick in 2011. He is making $1,289,322 this season, the last in a four-year rookie contract worth a total of $6,705,048.
The Steelers had until May 3 to decide whether to pick up Heyward’s fifth-year option, but did so on Tuesday, the first day that offseason workouts began.
Sports Gab Network
Show Your Team Spirit
Get Your Steelers Tickets
Steelers Gab Newsletter
Sign up to receive our Steelers Gab newsletter, and keep up to date with all the latest Pittsburgh Steelers news.
- Ravens QB Jackson Has Positive Test for Covid-19; Sunday’s Game Against Steelers in Serious Doubt on
- Ravens to Be Minus Two Key RB’s in Thursday’s Game Against Steelers on
- Could a Different Back be the Answer to the Struggling Steelers Run Game? on
- Steelers Lay an Old Fashioned Beat Down on Burrow and the Bengals in 36-10 Win to Move to 9-0 on
- The Debate on if the Steelers Should Sit Ben Roethlisberger on Sunday is Insane on