The Pittsburgh Steelers made sure to lock down their star defensive lineman before the season officially kicks off this week.
The Steelers and defensive lineman Cameron Heyward agreed to a four-year, $75.1 million extension, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. The Steelers later confirmed the deal. The extension makes Heyward the highest-paid defensive player over the age of 30 in league history, per the report.
The 31-year-old had one year left on his six-year, $59 million deal with the team. His new deal includes the last year of his current deal, adding more than $65 million in new money.
Heyward all but confirmed the deal in a tweet on Sunday night, posting a video of his head on Leonardo DiCaprio’s body from a scene in “The Wolf of Wall Street” as several Steelers teammates are seen on the heads of other characters.
Pittsburgh is where I belong! pic.twitter.com/mMj3DbKm4T— Cam Heyward (@CamHeyward) September 7, 2020
Heyward has spent all nine seasons in the league with the Steelers, who selected him No. 31 overall in the 2011 draft. The three-time Pro Bowler recorded 83 total tackles last season, a career high. He also serves as the team’s representative to the NFLPA and is a defensive captain.
The Steelers are set to open their season on Sept. 14 on Monday Night Football against the New York Giants.
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