On the same day the Pittsburgh Steelers locked up on of their free agents to a multi-year deal, they have signed another one of their own. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey reportedly has agreed to a multi-year deal to stay in Pittsburgh, joining the likes of Robert Golden who signed a 3-year contract earlier Monday.
I'm told WR Darrius Heyward-Bey and the #Steelers have agreed to a multi-year deal. Had multiple suitors but believes Pittsburgh is special.— Rand Getlin (@Rand_Getlin) March 7, 2016
The move might make some scratch their head, especially with Sammie Coates waiting in the wings for an opportunity to crack the Steelers vaunted WR rankings, but there is nothing saying Coates won't get his chance in 2016. Heyward-Bey is a phenomenal teammate, a leader in the locker room and has turned into a very solid special teams player. All while remaining a great asset to the depth of the WR corps.
In 2015, Heyward-Bey was able to catch 21 passes for 314 yards, a 15.0 yards per catch average, for 2 touchdowns. Those numbers increased dramatically from his 2014 statistics which saw him catch only 3 passes for 33 yards. A large reason for the increase in production in 2015 was Heyward-Bey filling in for the suspended Martavis Bryant to start the season, and stepping into the lineup for Antonio Brown in the team's playoff loss to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional Round of the AFC Playoffs.