How the Steelers should prioritize future contract extensions

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2nd Priority: Cameron Heyward

Cameron Heyward isn’t as young as he used to be, and an extension for him would take him well into his 30s. However, I think this is the second-highest priority extension on the team.

Heyward’s three best seasons of his career have come at age 28, 29, and 30, and he doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of slowing down. He made his second All-Pro in 2019 and has earned three straight Pro Bowl honors.

In addition, Heyward has been as healthy as he’s ever been (knock on wood) and gone two straight seasons without missing a single game (just one missed game in his last three seasons).

Former Steelers defensive lineman Aaron Smith and Brett Keisel both played to ages 35 and 36, respectively, and there’s no reason to believe Heyward can’t follow suit. He is a cornerstone to Pittburgh’s impressive defense and he still has a lot left to give.