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Five years, $50 million extension for David DeCastro

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 15:  Ben Roethlisberger #7 of the Pittsburgh Steelers talks to Ramon Foster #73 and David DeCastro #66 during the 4th quarter of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Heinz Field on November 15, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images) Getty Images

Steelers guard David DeCastro has a new contract, and plenty of new cash.

Per a source with knowledge of the deal, it’s a five-year, $50 million extension — the largest contract the Steelers ever have given to an offensive lineman.

He’ll receive $18.1 million in 2016 (he was due to make $8.07 million under his fifth-year rookie option), $16 million of which comes in the form of a signing bonus. With a roster bonus of $6.75 million due in March, DeCastro is as a practical matter due to pocket nearly $25 million in the next six months, unless the Steelers cut him after one season and let him hit the market with more than $18 million for 16 games.

The contract pays out $33.5 million over the first three years, the second highest amount ever given to an interior offensive lineman.

DeCastro’s contract, and the four years of performance that justified it, show that the Steelers finally have stabilized an area of weakness in past years. Then again, they won a pair of Super Bowls from 2005 through 2008 with subpar offensive line play.

The next step is to compete for Lombardi No. 7 for the team and No. 3 for No. 7 with an offensive line that will keep the team’s franchise quarterback from getting banged up.

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16 Responses to “Five years, $50 million extension for David DeCastro”
  1. ariani1985 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:24 PM

    But, but, but Packer Josh sitton was asking for 65 million! Good signing for them!

  2. corvuscrassirostris says: Sep 8, 2016 7:29 PM

    Stabilized the line, but what about their underwhelming defense? “Big Belly Ben” isn’t getting any younger and his skills are diminishing. He was gifted 2 and most likely won’t come close to competing for a 3rd. The Steelers pass rush and secondary is absolutely asinine.

  3. sdakota says: Sep 8, 2016 7:36 PM

    10 mill for the 20th rated guard?wow1
    the Ravens signed Yanda to an extension worth 8 mill per season last year. the top guard in the league the last 3 years.
    10 mill for a decent but nothing special guard, pure stupidity.
    they could have signed Sitton, an all pro for 7 mill per year

  4. tylawspick6 says: Sep 8, 2016 7:42 PM

    Wasn’t this guy considered a bust out of Stanford a couple of years ago?

    And, now, he’s getting an extension?

    My goodness..Is Colbert dying to get fired finally?

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Pitt misses the playoffs.

  5. bigcid10 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:37 PM

    You’d all love for DeCastro to be on your team,wouldn’t ya

  6. bigcid10 says: Sep 8, 2016 8:38 PM

    and Yanda sucks

  7. partmachine says: Sep 8, 2016 9:43 PM

    Steelers sign another future renegotiation. Welcome to Losertown, PA.

  8. clashpoint says: Sep 8, 2016 10:00 PM

    Great to see the man get paid, he deserves it. DeCastro, Pouncey, Gilbert and Foster are all locked up through ’18 and LT Villanueva will be a restricted free agent next year. They’ve got promising players behind the starters like Finney and Hawkins locked up as well, and stability is as important as anything else for an offensive line. All of this definitely helps the Pittsburgh offense look very promising and stable for the near future too. Finally!

    Go Steelers!

  9. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 8, 2016 10:07 PM

    Great signing!?!

  10. keiselsbeard says: Sep 9, 2016 7:07 AM

    It’s 6 years, for $58 million. Do you guys ever research anything?

  11. mmmpierogi says: Sep 9, 2016 8:26 AM

    Then again, they won a pair of Super Bowls from 2005 through 2008 with subpar offensive line play.


    I’m nit-picking, but wasn’t the 2005 line at considered “decent?” Maybe my memory is failing.

    Faneca, Hartings, and Marvel Smith were Pro Bowl-caliber. It was only Starks’ 2nd season and Essex’s 1st, but both went wound up sticking around for a while and at least being “okay” (at least relative to other guys they’ve had — e.g., flag-monster Willie Colon). Kendall Simmons was never that good, but again, he was usually serviceable.

    They were able to protect Roethlisberger well enough that he only got sacked 23 times in 12 games, which would wind up being a low number for him in his career. Similarly, that was also Willie Parker’s breakout season. Not sure either of those would’ve happened behind a subpar offensive line.

  12. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM

    The Steelers are trash. LOL at that defense.🙂

    Can you say 8-8? Yes you can.


  13. inozwetrust says: Sep 9, 2016 3:34 PM

    LyinRogerMustGo says:
    Sep 9, 2016 10:21 AM
    The Steelers are trash. LOL at that defense.🙂

    Can you say 8-8? Yes you can.

    The only thing “soft” in the AFC North is Andy Dalton

  14. joker65 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:05 PM

    Yeah, but does he smoke pot, take steroids, or rape women?

  15. strength531 says: Sep 9, 2016 4:57 PM

    Ahh, ignorance is bliss. Watch a game, watch #66, he’s making plays at the 2nd level on every play. It must be really stinky where you haters keep your head all the time.

  16. John Harbaugh Is A Sad Whiney Middle Aged Woman says: Sep 10, 2016 12:43 PM

    DeCastro is good… maybe even ‘great’, but I’m not prepared to call him a future HOF’er by any stretch yet. He has a lot of work to do in order to live up to that contract, hopefully he has a stand out year.

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