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Report: Pittsburgh Steelers and David Decastro close on a contract extension

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Reports are ciruclating the Pittsburgh Steelers are close to a contract extension with Steelers Pro Bowl guard David DeCastro.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had priorities entering the season, in terms of players who are likely to get new contracts with the team prior to the 2016 season. Vince Williams signed a new two-year contract extension, Antonio Brown had more money thrown his way and a guarantee of a long-term deal next season, and progress with David DeCastro?

Nothing.

Every time a member of the media would ask DeCastro if there was any headway on a new contract, his response was always the same.

"No. Nothing."

The Steelers knew what they have in the former first round draft pick who is playing through his 5th year option, and is coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2015, and there was hardly any doubt the team would let DeCastro walk. Pittsburgh doesn't negotiate contracts once the season starts, which means the clock is ticking with DeCastro's potential new deal, but reports are now stating the two parties are close on a  new deal.

Per Dan Graziano of ESPN:

"Source says the Pittsburgh Steelers and guard David DeCastro are close to a contract extension. Shouldn't be a surprise. DeCastro's agent, Tom Condon, also represents Drew Brees, who just signed an extension with the Saints. Last year in the final week before the start of the season, Condon clients Eli Manning, Luke Kuechly and Anthony Castonzo all signed extensions."

This is great news for the Steelers, and it will be interesting to see the length, annual worth and overall value of DeCastro's projected contract.

Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news not only on the DeCastro contract situation, but all news surrounding the Pittsburgh Steelers.