Steelers Pick Up Cameron Heyward's Fifth Year Option

By DJ Byrnes on April 22, 2014 at 10:54a

The 31st pick of the 2011 NFL draft, Cameron Heyward, had his fifth year option exercised by the Pittsburgh Steelers today.

What does this mean? From the Steeler's official site:

For players selected from 11th to 32nd in the first round – Heyward was the 31st overall pick in 2011 – the salary for the option year is determined from the average of the top 25 highest-paid players at the same position, with the top three salaries excluded. Based on 2014 salaries for example, this average for defensive ends would be in the neighborhood of $7.5 million, but the numbers contributing to that average will change for 2015.

The Steelers' site also notes Heyward led all defensive linemen in "every significant statistical category" during the 2013 season.

Long story short, it's a good day to be Cam Heyward.


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Horvath22's picture

Good for you Cam. You were all that and a bag of chips while here at OSU. Still remember you playing the second half of the bowl game with one arm.

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tennbuckeye19's picture

Man. Time flies. And so does butter. When you throw it.

Doesn't seem like it's been that long since Cam was wearing the Scarlet and Gray.


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doodah_man's picture

Well deserved...

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Mark's picture

As a Steelers' fan, I watched Cam blossom last year.  He went into beast-mode several times and appeared un-blockable.  I think he'll be a Pro Bowler next year.

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Phillips.449's picture

I am happy for and proud of Cam.  Although I am sad that his services are being utilized by THAT team.

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OSUStu's picture

This was a forgone conclusion.  The light definitely came on for Cam last year.  Congrats to him!  Go Steelers! (ducks)

If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them.  ~ Bruce Lee

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hit_the_couch's picture

One of my biggest memories of Cam Heyward at the 4:10 mark.


And then I told her...i'm no weatherman, but tonight's forecast is calling for several inches!

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You can't spell chump without UM's picture

I love the warm reaction that Mark May gets when he gets handed the mic.

Brady Hoke ate my comment

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Seattle Linga's picture

That made my night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hspbuy1's picture

Nice job Cam! The man is a beast!


Crumb's picture

Suck it, SEC!

"The only good thing about it is winning the d*** thing" - Urban Meyer on The Game The War

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thatlillefty's picture

I read this as Cam was granted a fifth year of eligibility at Ohio State... which would have been even better.

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Hockey Buck's picture

Great kid from a great family.

Seattle Linga's picture

Good for Cam - love his motor


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PoKeY21's picture

It's a good day to be Cam Heyward, and a good day to be a Steeler fan! Cam really came into his own the 2nd half of last season. He was really one of the key cogs that led us to a 6-2 finish. His position on the Steelers Dline though is a really unheralded spot. Arron Smith maned the position for almost a decade at a pro bowl level with no accolades (well other than his 2 rings). I hope Heyward can say the same in a decade!!

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