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Steelers, Cam Heyward Still Not Close on Contract Extension

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward returned to the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex, but still seeks a contract.

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Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cam Heyward poses for a photo with HC Mike Tomlin, June 4, 2024 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

PITTSBURGH — Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward wants a new contract and has not been shy about it. Heyward has a lot on his mind, from wanting security at the late stages of his career to wanting to spend the rest of his career with the Steelers. And it is all complicated by the fact that Heyward is coming off a season where his groin hurt his performance for the entire season, while he missed half of it with the injury.

Now, after a procedure cleanup over the offseason, Heyward is fully healthy. But he had not been around the team for the first two weeks of OTAs, opting instead to make a protest about a contract extension. So, with him back in town, are they close on an extension? According to Heyward, the answer is, well, not really.

“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.”

Cam Heyward called himself someone who wants to be a ‘one-helmet’ player and stay with the Steelers his entire career, but a deal has to be met for that to occur. Also, Heyward views himself as still a top-five player at the position, which leaves the value of his contract wildly open.

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle in a game against the Baltimore Ravens on January 8, 2024. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

So, if Heyward sticks around, the Steelers will likely not only have to give him multiple years, but a raise might also come with that.

“I’m looking to be here. I want to be valued at my position I think when I’m at the top of my game, I’m still a top-5 player at my position,” Heyward said. 
The one thing that Heyward still maintains is his elite power. Pittsburgh sees that, too, and those guys can play long into their careers. Look at someone like Calais Campbell for history on that. So, if the Steelers believe Heyward can still do it, they might extend him. But he does not indicate what will happen before the start of the season, and for now, the two sides are not even that close.
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Ellwood Davis
Ellwood Davis
June 4, 2024 5:46 pm

Cam, you already have security and have been compensated handsomely for what you have done…..past tense. At 35, the career is over, believe it or not.