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Locked On Steelers: Making Sense of Cam Heyward’s OTA Return

Locked On Steelers Podcast: Cam Heyward said he wasn’t reporting to OTAs without a contract, but did just that on Tuesday. What gives?

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Pittsburgh Steelers DT Cam Heyward during OTAs at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on June 4, 2024. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Cam Heyward said he wasn’t coming to Pittsburgh Steelers OTAs while he was negotiating a contract extension with the club. He reported to OTAs on Tuesday. He doesn’t have a contract extension.

So what gives?

Heyward said he and the team remain far apart on contract details and doesn’t expect to get a deal done any time soon. He also said that he thinks he can play for three more seasons and that he can be a top-five player at his position.

Given that, where might things be breaking down between the Steelers veteran captain and his team?

Alan Saunders joined Chris Carter on the Locked On Podcast to try to make some sense of the Cam Heyward news. The guys also discussed the team’s need for another wide receiver and whether players like Calvin Austin III and Van Jefferson can fill that Ovid..

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