Steelers sign DE Cameron Heyward to six-year contract

0:57 | NFL
Steelers sign Cameron Heyward to six-year contract
Friday July 17th, 2015

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed defensive end Cameron Heyward to a six-year contract, the team announced on Thursday.

Heyward’s contract is worth $59.25 million, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Ed Bouchette, who first reported the deal. The deal, which keeps Heyward under contract through the 2020 season, makes the four-year veteran the 11th-highest paid defensive end in the NFL, according to

Heyward, 26, has played in all 64 regular-season games since the Steelers selected him in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft out of Ohio State. That streak of consecutive games ties him for the third-longest among active defensive ends.

NFL rumors: Latest news, buzz around free agency, trades, training camp

Last season, Heyward recorded 53 tackles and 7.5 sacks, the latter tying for the team high with linebacker Jason Worilds.

Over his career, Heyward has recorded 143 tackles, 15 sacks and 12 passes defended.

Before Thursday’s deal, Heyward was due to make $6,969,000 this season after the Steelers exercised the option for the fifth year of his rookie contract.

Mike Fiammetta

SI Apps
We've Got Apps Too
Get expert analysis, unrivaled access, and the award-winning storytelling only SI can provide — from Peter King, Tom Verducci, Lee Jenkins, Grant Wahl, Andy Staples and more — delivered straight to you, along with up-to-the-minute news and live scores.