The Steelers have picked up their 2015 option on Cameron Heyward, tweets Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Itís the latest in a string of fifth-year options for 2011 first-rounders that will be exercised in advance of the May 3 deadline.
Heyward, the 31st overall pick in the 2011 draft, became a starter for the first-time last season, appearing in 845 total defensive snaps, according to Pro Football Focus. The 24-year-old recorded a career-best 59 tackles and five sacks, as well as recovering his first career fumble.
The Steelers defensive end will be in line for a salary of $6.969MM for 2015. At this point, that money is guaranteed for injury only, though itíll become fully guaranteed on the first day of the 2015 league year. Heyward will be eligible for unrestricted free agency following the í15 season.