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Cam Heyward determined to not let contract negotiations impact his attitude or play

The Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive captain needs a new contract, but won’t let that impact his approach to the 2020 season.

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Can you imagine Cameron Heyward in a different NFL uniform?

I know I sure can’t, but this might become a reality for the Steelers’ defensive captain.

Heyward is entering the final year of his current contract, and there has been little to no traction on negotiations between Heyward and the Steelers organization. This from Heyward who met with media prior to the team’s first padded practice Monday.

This via Brooke Pryor of ESPN:

There should be absolutely not doubt in fans’ minds that Heyward wants to remain with the Steelers, but this is such an uncertain time in the world, and that includes the NFL. Due to fans not being permitted at most stadiums in 2020, the league is facing losses in the billions, and this could play a huge role in the salary cap next year.

The NFL and NFLPA agreed on a salary cap floor of $175 million, but would be a radical change for the Steelers who are bellied up to the $198.2 million dollar cap number. This could be a reason why the team has been hesitant to negotiate with Heyward, but he made it clear there hasn’t been any dialogue between the two parties.

It sounds pretty dire for the Pro Bowl/All-Pro defensive linemen, but Heyward has faith a deal can still get done.

Anyone who thought Heyward would not give his all, or would allow his contract negotiations, or lack thereof, to impact his attitude or play needs to do some research on Heyward as a man.

This would never happen.

Not only is it not in Heyward’s DNA, but it also wouldn’t be a good business decisions considering he is trying to get a new contract for the 2021 season. The hope is that deal is done with the black-and-gold, but if he does hit free agency he wants to head to the open market after a stellar season.

Will the team and Heyward get a deal done? if so, they are running out of time considering the Steelers never negotiate contracts once the regular season starts.

The clock is ticking...

Be sure to stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold as they progress through 2020 Training Camp and prepare for the regular season.