How the mighty have fallen.
Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, the seventh overall pick in the 2009 draft, recently signed a one-year contract with the Steelers. And the Steelers won’t pay much for a guy who once had so much potential.
Per a league source, Heyward-Bey signed a one-year deal under the minimum-salary benefit. He’ll make a base salary of $735,000 and a signing bonus of $65,000. The labor deal holds the cap charge at only $635,000.
The only potential downside for the Steelers is that, if Heyward-Bey has a big year, they won’t be able to re-sign him until he hits the market next March. But that’s a small price to pay for a cap-strapped team to get a player who may finally figure things out in his sixth NFL season.