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Ramon Foster Thinks Cam Heyward Is ‘Fighting a Losing Battle’

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cam Heyward at the team's OTAs sessions, June 4, 2024 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro defensive tackle Cam Heyward is seeking a contract extension with the club, but at the age of 35, former Steeler Ramon Foster thinks Heyward is fighting a losing battle.

“Cam is 35, so he’s fighting. Cam wants and knows that he can play, in his mind, but all the metrics, all the coaches, the history shows that he’s fighting a losing battle,” Foster said on the Ramon Foster Show. “Not to say that he can’t be productive and still be productive and he’s fighting for that relevancy to stay at the top of it and to be one of those guys still for the long haul.”

Cam Heyward responded on X to Foster’s claim by posting a GIF that said “Bet.”

Heyward believes he still is one of the best in the game at his position and wants to be compensated properly. Foster did note, however, that Heyward deserves to receive a high pay day. It just might not come to fruition. Foster was looking at the perspective of Father Time.

Foster probably spoke from experience as he was not re-signed in 2020 and decided to retire after playing 11 seasons with the Steelers. The Steelers have shown over the years that they’re not afraid to move on from legendary veteran players. The NFL is a business after all.

Heyward confirmed to Steelers Now a few weeks ago that he wants to play three more seasons in the NFL. He reiterated that point on Tuesday after not been around the team for the first two weeks of OTAs, a decision he made to help boost his odds of a contract extension.

“I’m looking to be here,” Heyward said. “The value is what we decide, but I want to be valued at my position. I understand I came off a rough season, but I don’t think it’s a step down from where I can play. I think I’m at the top of my game. I’m still a top five player at my position.”

As of right now, the Steelers and Heyward are not close to reaching a deal.

“There’s been communication, but there’s nothing to really report on that right now,” Heyward said. “I don’t think a deal gets done tomorrow; I’ll tell you that. But you know, there’s been communication, and we’ll see where it takes us.”

Like Foster, Heyward wants to be a one-helmet guy.

“There’s certain guys that are one-helmet guys, and I want to be one of those one helmet guys,” Heyward said. “There’s a hunger and desire there, but that doesn’t mean just hanging it up and calling it a career. To me, I think I got more bullets to fire, and I’m excited to do that.”

Alan Saunders and Nick Farabaugh contributed reporting from Pittsburgh.

 

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J Lowe
J Lowe
June 7, 2024 9:18 am

The question isn’t if Cam can play. It’s that if so, then for how long? The last three-year deal that Heyward signed was supposed to make him a Steeler-for-life. Team needs to infuse young talent into its defensive front. Perhaps Cam can sign on a conditional contract that offers a transition, if needed, to an introductory level coach.

Edward Carmichael
Edward Carmichael
June 7, 2024 9:44 am

as a true Steelers fan, Cameron Heyward thank you for your service Steelers Omar Khan is rebuilding through the draft by getting younger, faster, quicker on defense so Cameron Heyward Omar Khan is drafting your replacement