Cameron Heyward’s tenure with the Pittsburgh Steelers seems continuing beyond 2020 as the two sides are nearing a contract on an agreement extension.

Per Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Heyward and the Steelers are completing a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension to keep the 31-year-old in the Steel City for years to come.

The six-year deal worth $59.2 million total Heyward signed in 2015 was because of end after next season. He has actually invested his entire profession with the Steelers because being selected No. 31 total by the group in the 2011 NFL draft.

After a slow start to his career, the Ohio State item has been one of the most important players on Pittsburgh’s defense since 2014. He has tape-recorded at least seven sacks in five of the previous six seasons. He’s been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the previous three years and made the All-Pro first string in 2017 and 2019.

When Ben Roethlisberger went down with a season-ending elbow injury in Week 2 last season, the defense kept Pittsburgh in playoff contention until the final week. That unit finished the year ranked fifth in points permitted (18.9 per video game) and total lawns allowed (304.1 per video game).

Heyward is an anchor on the defensive line as a disruptive force in the death game. He ranked second on the group with six pass breakups and third with 9 sacks in 2019.

Even though he is on the incorrect side of 30, he has actually shown no indication of slowing down. The veteran defensive end will continue to be a key player for Pittsburgh with a brand-new deal in hand.