Defensive lineman Cameron Heyward has signed a new contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Heyward signed a six-year contract worth $59.2 million. He will average a salary of around $9.8 million and will be an unrestricted free agent in 2021.
This new deal now makes the 26-year-old the second highest paid player in the Steelers roster, just behind quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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This also makes him the sixth highest paid defensive lineman in the NFL, and the fourth highest paid defensive end.
Since being drafted with the 31st overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, Heyward has played 64 consecutive games in the NFL, tying him for the third-longest active consecutive games streak among defensive ends.
One of the main reasons why Heyward has been given this new contract is because he set a career high with 7.5 sacks, making him the first defensive lineman to lead or tie the team lead in sacks since Aaron Smith did in 2004.
Throughout his time at the Steelers, the 26-year-old has tallied up 106 tackles, 15 sacks and 12 passes defensed, and one forced fumble.
The question is will Heyward continue to perform under this new deal? He is yet to be selected for a Pro Bowl appearance, but it should be only a matter of time before this statistic is changed. It's part of his genetics.
The defensive end's late father, Craig 'Ironhead' Heyward played as a fullback in the NFL for 11 years. He was selected for the Pro Bowl during his 1995 season with the Atlanta Falcons. He also played for the New Orleans Saints, Chicago Bears, St. Louis Rams, and the Indianapolis Colts.
Heyward will be looked at as one of the key defensive figures at the Steelers going forward.
Steelers fans will be hoping he can help rookies transition into the team and also help the Steelers regain another Super Bowl trophy.