Heyward will make $6.969 million for the 2015 season should the two sides not have a long-term contract in place before then. This salary is only guaranteed for injury.
Heyward, 24, is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will make $1,289,322 for the 2014 season.
There hasn’t been a lot of buzz regarding an extension in recent months, but if the team is willing to pick up his option, you would think that they would explore a long-term contract at some point in the near future.
Last year, he appeared in all 16 games and totaled 59 tackles, five sacks and a fumble recovery for the Steelers.
Pro Football Focus rated him as the No. 18 defensive end in 3-4 defense last season.