New deal makes Cameron Heyward second-highest paid Steeler behind Big Ben

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Cameron Heyward’s new deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers makes him the second-highest paid player on the roster behind only quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

A source told PFT’s Mike Florio that Heyward’s deal is a five-year extension worth $59.25 million. The new money average of $10.45 million a year is higher than Corey Liuget of the San Diego Chargers and falls just behind Cameron Jordan of the New Orleans Saints.

The deal surpasses those given to Lawrence Timmons, Maurkice Pouncey and Antoinio Brown in average annual value.

Heyward is the highest paid non-Pro Bowl player among 5-tech defensive ends and will earn $21 million in the first eight months of the contract.

He set a career high with 7.5 sacks last year and posting five sacks in his first season as a starter in 2013. For his career, Heyward has totaled 106 tackles, 15 sacks and 12 passes defensed.

The contract runs through the 2020 season.

42 responses to “New deal makes Cameron Heyward second-highest paid Steeler behind Big Ben

  1. That say one of two things about the Steelers, circa 2015.
    #1) The roster sucks
    #2) They overpaid Heyward

  2. Good deal for the steelers. Heyward has gotten better every year once Tomlin actually let him play instead of stubbornly playing the bust Ziggy Hood ahead of him.

    7.5 sacks out of a 3-4 DE is very good. You can’t find many players who can play the run and 2 gap and also be a pass rusher.

    He’s no Watt but he’s not getting Watt money either.

    Cue the fans who do not understand how the cap works and claim this deal will stop the steelers from signing anybody else for years.

  3. I like the message this sends to the Youngblood studs in the front seven:
    Stephan Tuitt
    Jarvis Jones
    Ryan Shazier
    Bud Dupree

    They can look at their teammates Harrison, Timmons and now Heyward and see clearly that if they live up to their billing, the Steelers will take good care of them.

    On the other hand, they need to make sure Antonio Brown is taken care of, and find a way to sign Beachum.

  4. All I know is this guy was born to be a Pittsburgh Steeler and that I have complete faith in every decision this legendary franchise makes.
    That young D could be scary soon…

    Here We Go.

  5. He was the 2nd highest rated 3-4 DE (I think) last yr by PFF. 7.5 sacks for a DE in a 3-4 is very good. Plus he has great gap control making him very good against the run.
    This is a great signing. He’s only getting better

  6. It’s always easy to spot the NFL fans who do/don’t have a clue about football. And I am not talking about fantasy stats I am talking about recognizing the importance and value of a disruptive 5 technique defensive lineman who can play two gap responsibility in the 3/4 defense.

    Great player and great signing by the Steelers.

  7. Bengalguy:

    I count 15 NFL teams currently using the 3-4 defense with a few others using hybrids that employ some 3-4 sets in their base defenses.

    By the way 2 of the 3 highest paid defensive players in the league, Watt and Houston, play in 3-4 defenses.

  8. Sure feels like a lot of money being committed to this offseason. I dread the next round of signings for my team.

  9. He’s a good player but got overpaid like every player does… It happens to every team so not much to talk about Phinsup

  10. Since I’ve never heard of this guy till this morning, like much of the rest of the league, I looked him up. Wow, is he average. I can name 10-15 players off the top of my head who’d I’d rather have for that salary. Terrible signing.

  11. It’s always easy to spot the NFL fans who do/don’t have a clue about football. And I am not talking about fantasy stats I am talking about recognizing the importance and value of a disruptive 5 technique defensive lineman who can play two gap responsibility in the 3/4 defense.

    Great player and great signing by the Steelers.
    ____________________
    Best post by a Pats fan since stupid deflategate. Knowledgeable fans of those of us who watch Cam week after week understand his true value.

  12. Eight days until camp. Tired of the talk.

    2015 Division champs with a 5-1 division record. I called the division correctly last year and it will be no different this season.

  13. 6 years in his prime. It is not an overpay. You watch the other guys in the league blow this contract outta the water in a couple of years.

  14. Seems like he’s on his way to being a star DL. Considering the way the cap is probably going to be raising over the next several years, I can’t see this being any other than a good to great signing.

  15. Wow! 7.5 sacks! 9.5 more and he could tie Elvis Dumervil. Are the Steelers serious? They dump all their spare cash into the pocket of a mediocre player who can’t get them to win a single playoff game? They guy was Tebowed, sat on the couch for two post seasons, and then let Flacco make mincemeat out of him! LOLLOL!

  16. ImAhugeToolTrollAndICantHelpIt says:

    Wow! 7.5 sacks! 9.5 more and he could tie Elvis Dumervil. Are the Steelers serious? They dump all their spare cash into the pocket of a mediocre player who can’t get them to win a single playoff game? They guy was Tebowed, sat on the couch for two post seasons, and then let Flacco make mincemeat out of him! LOLLOL!
    _________________________
    The season can’t start soon enough. I have a feeling this clown will disappear by week 6 when his criminals are already looking up at the Steelers in the standings. He will probably just change his name and troll on though.

  17. I can forgive the mistake of comparing the sack totals of a specialist edge pass rusher like Dumervil and a 5 technique defensive lineman like Heyward. The reality is a lot of fans don’t really care to know the difference.

    But the brashness involved when your making zero sense? Haha, ignorance is bliss.

  18. pats4rings: Good to see there are some fans out there who know what they’re talking about despite what team they root for. Please feel free to visit Steeler articles more often. As you can see, we could use a lot more intelligent posts around here.

  19. ImAhugeToolTrollAndICantHelpIt says:

    Wow! 7.5 sacks! 9.5 more and he could tie Elvis Dumervil. Are the Steelers serious? They dump all their spare cash into the pocket of a mediocre player who can’t get them to win a single playoff game? They guy was Tebowed, sat on the couch for two post seasons, and then let Flacco make mincemeat out of him! LOLLOL!
    _________________________
    The season can’t start soon enough. I have a feeling this clown will disappear by week 6 when his criminals are already looking up at the Steelers in the standings. He will probably just change his name and troll on though.

    You nailed it as this little whimp will hide when the Ravens lose and rag when they win. he changes his/her name every year but not his/her style which can be spotted after two posts under a new name. But hey he/she is like barnacles on a ship or flies at a picnic they are just there it comes with being something the troll envies but can be or have.

  20. Who is Cam Heyward? He hasn’t done anything of notice since he’s been in the league and he’s getting a $60MM contract?! Antonio Brown deserves that kind of money, probably more.

    That defense really needs help. Looks like it will be a long time until the Steel Curtain becomes a relevant term again.

  21. In an NFL where almost every player wants to get paid more than the next guy, how is Heyward over paid when his contract is around the same if not a million or two less than the top DEs? And that’s not accounting for the inflation at each position that happens every year. If anything the Steelers under paid him for what the typical norm for players wanting new contracts

  22. Glad the Steelers extended him but they did overpay. Appears they just wanted to avoid a holdout &/or extrapolated negotiation. Signed & moving on…

  23. And he’s paid more than Brown because WR is low on the list of valued positions. It’s a terrible idea sign them to major contracts like Johnson, Dez, DT, and Fitzgerald, especially when you have an elite QB.

  24. TebowedOutOfThePostSeasonAndNeverToReturn says:
    Jul 17, 2015 9:43 AM
    Wow! 7.5 sacks! 9.5 more and he could tie Elvis Dumervil. Are the Steelers serious? They dump all their spare cash into the pocket of a mediocre player who can’t get them to win a single playoff game? They guy was Tebowed, sat on the couch for two post seasons, and then let Flacco make mincemeat out of him! LOLLOL!

    You do realize they play different positions right?

  25. Heyward is a 3-4 DE, Dumervil is and edge rusher, huge difference. You’re either football uneducated or just a stupid troll

  26. In eight months they’ll be writing, “$21 Million In Steelers Cap Room Officially Down the Drain.” LOL.

  27. This is so typical of the Steeler front office that has left the Steeler’s almost devoid of top level NFL talent. After Ben, Bell, Brown and maybe Pouncey they drop off to average or below. How sad.
    Heyward is average at best and was manhandled in last years playoff game. Settling for this type of mediocrity is why the Steelers haven’t won a playoff game in 4 years. There isn’t a single Steeler that would start on the Ravens defense. That’s why they are 3-6 against the Ravens in the last 4 years.
    They have no proven player that can step in and replace Worilds, Polamalu, Keisel and Taylor. They expect a rookie defensive coordinator to replace HOF DC LeBeau.
    What the heck are they smoking in Pittsburgh? Must be good. This team has a chance to field the worst defense in the NFL. Even if they exceed expectations and have Zero injuries (because they have absolutely no quality depth) they still look like one of the worst on paper.
    The way Flacco lit them up in the playoffs, at home, on national tv, in the biggest game of the year bodes very poorly for a defense being rebuilt from the ground up.
    They only have one player that has proven he can play at a high level in the NFL, Timmons.
    Then they have 10 other Heywards.

  28. Dear Lord there are entirely too many misinformed “fans” here. You’re telling me 4 players make up the entirety of the talent of possibly the best offense going into this season? For one you have Kelvin Beachum, around a top 15 LT, a PFF favorite, and superb pass blocker. He might not be elite, but he’s still pretty damn good, infact probably the Steelers best linemen. DeCastro, another lineman that’s under the radar, not flashy bit has really helped in the run game. Martavis Bryant and Markus Wheaton are both set to take advantage of the attention defenses are going to give to Brown and Bell. Possibly 1.2k yards, 50 recs, and 10 TDs for Bryant, and Wheaton could be a dependable chain mover. Either would be the starter for the Ravens. All of which are good in the roles they play. Then you have Timmons, Heyward, and maybe Mclendon*, all of which are top 10 3-4 players, saying any different is nothing short of laughable*. Along with solid play Gay. For the defense, you might call them unproven, but I’m seeing nothing but youth and potential, that’s more than enough to out score the Ravens no name offense

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