Steelers LT Kelvin Beachum mentioned during an interview with Alex Marvez and Zig Fracassi on Sirius XM NFL Radio that he has yet to hear from the team regarding a long-term contract extension.
“I don’t know when that call is gonna come,” Beachum said. “It’s not the priority right now. My priority is my daughter and my wife. I know when they’re ready to talk business, we’ll talk business. Up until then, I’ll keep working hard and bettering my craft.”
Beachum is among a number of Steelers’ players entering contract years in 2015. This list includes: DE Cameron Heyward, OT Mike Adams, G Ramon Foster, NT Steve McLendon, CB William Gay, DE Cam Thomas, DE Clifton Geathers, QB Bruce Gradkowski, FB Will Johnson, LB Sean Spence, S Will Allen, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and LS Greg Warren.
However, there has been talk that Beachum would likely be the first player among this group to have his contract situation addressed before the start of the season.
The Steelers have a history of negotiating long-term term deals for players entering the final year of their rookie agreements, but the team has made a point to shut contract talks down once the season is underway.
Beachum, 26, has one year remaining on his four-year, $2.146 million rookie contract, which includes a base salary of $1.542 million.
In 2014, Beachum appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 5 offensive tackle out of 84 qualifying players. Beachum particularly excelled in pass protection where he rated as the No. 4 offensive tackle out of this group.