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Cam Heyward's rep: No movement in Steelers talks

7/31/2020 4:22:50 PM
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All-Pro defensive lineman Cam Heyward would like to retire as a Pittsburgh Steeler, but he is concerned that might not happen due to a lack of movement on a contract extension, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports.

Heyward enters the final year of his deal, and there have been no substantive contract discussions between the Steelers' front office and Heyward's agent, Michael Perrett of Element Sports Group.

The sides have had broad discussions about Heyward's future but in no particular terms.

"I thought we'd be further along in the process. In a normal year, we might be," Perrett said. "The current situation [with the pandemic] has led to a lot of uncertainty, but NFL business is still moving forward. Cam would love to retire a Steeler, but at this point, he just doesn't know how all of this is going to play out."

Heyward has not considered holding out. As a team captain and a player rep, he doesn't want to miss any time with his teammates. But he does hope the matter gets resolved, Perrett said.

Heyward, 31, was a first-team All Pro in 2017 and 2019, and he has made three consecutive Pro Bowls. The 2011 first-round pick signed a six-year, $59.2 million extension in 2015, and he has registered 39 of his 54 career sacks since.

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