Pittsburgh Steelers standout defensive end Cameron Heyward would love to get a contract extension done soon that would keep him in a city he loves longterm.
Heyward is entering the final year of a six-year, $59.2 million deal he signed in 2015. There have been many Steelers greats who have played their entire career in Pittsburgh, and Heyward would like to join that group.
“I would love to be a Pittsburgh Steeler the rest of my life,” Heyward said as he motioned toward his wife (Allie) and three young children standing by his side via Mark Kaboly of the Athletic. “It is what I call home and my family loves it. We are very thankful to be here. We will see what happens. I have no control over it. If they reach out, I will be more than happy to facilitate.”
Heyward knows he has no control over an extension if the Steelers don't approach him, but if they do, he did hint at maybe giving the team a hometown discount.
“June or July, but if we can get something done earlier, I would love it,” Heyward said. “They’ve done right by me so far, and I want to continue to do them right. That’s what I love about Pittsburgh — you have to earn your way. If I play well and they show me love, I want to show love back. I want to make sure as them being my employer and them being my family, you always want to make sure that you represent your family well.”
Heyward will be 31 years old when he steps onto the field next season for the Steelers, but he doesn't look like he has lost a step.
Heyward was named an All-Pro after a big 2019 season where he racked up nine sacks, 83 tackles, 32 pressures, 11 hurries, and 11 knockdowns.