Former Ohio State Defensive End Cameron Heyward Agrees To Contract Extension With Pittsburgh Steelers

By September 7, 2020 (10:00 am)Football
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According to multiple reports, former Ohio State defensive end Cameron Heyward has agreed to a four-year, $65.6 million contract extension with the Pittsburgh Steelers that will make him the highest-paid defensive player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

The 31-year-old Heyward has played his entire career in Pittsburgh since the Steelers selected him in the first round (31st overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He has recorded 397 tackles, 117 quarterback hits, 54 sacks, 30 pass break ups, six forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries in nine seasons and has been named to the last three Pro Bowls.

Heyward seemingly confirmed the news of his extension by posting a video to Twitter on Sunday night of his face superimposed onto Leonardo DiCaprio’s in a scene from “The Wolf of Wall Street,” in which DiCaprio’s character uses explicative language to proclaim he isn’t leaving. Several other Steelers are shown, including head coach Mike Tomlin, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, running back James Conner, wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, center Maurkice Pouncey, linebacker T.J. Watt and safety Minkah Fitzpatrick.

“Cam is special,” Tomlin said during the offseason. “It starts with his consistency. Not only consistency in presence, he is a guy who is ever-present, but consistency in work, consistency in urgency, there is great consistency in everything he does. I think it provides a good floor in everything he does. He doesn’t ride an emotional roller coaster. You know what you are going to get from Cam. It starts first and foremost with his willingness to be present and engaged and be consistent in every aspect of his life.”

Heyward appeared in 52 games (46 starts) for the Buckeyes from 2007-11 and recorded 163 tackles, 37.5 TFL and 15.5 sacks. He was named a Playboy All-American, first-team All-Big Ten, a Lombardi Award semifinalist and a Lott Trophy quarterfinalist as a senior.

Pittsburgh confirmed the extension, which also slightly reworked the final year of his previous contract, on Monday morning.

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