The Steelers don’t negotiate such deals during the season, so the deadline for getting a new deal done has been looming. DeCastro, 26, was a first-team All-Pro and went to his first Pro Bowl last season.
Not surprisingly, DeCastro’s teammates have spoken up, saying they believe DeCastro deserves a new contract. The Steelers picked up DeCastro’s fifth-year option in the spring, keeping him off the market in March 2017 in case a new deal wasn’t reached.
Last week, the Steelers shifted some salary with a raise for star wide receiver Antonio Brown. That and a new deal for DeCastro seemed to be priorities for the Steelers this summer as they prepared for the start of the 2016 eason.