Steelers resign David DeCastro to 6 year 58 Million dollar contract.
Sometimes things just fall into place. And so it was during the 2012 NFL Draft. The Pittsburgh Steelers needed a cornerback – everyone knew that (frankly, when haven’t they needed a cornerback.) But then a player fell. And fell. And continued to fall.
- When it came time to pick, the Steelers knew they’d be fools to say no.
And so the Steelers drafted David DeCastro in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. DeCastro didn’t make an immediate impact as a rookie, a preseason injury cost him the first half of the season. His second season didn’t start so well as he caused Maurkice Pouncey’s injury.
- With David DeCastro reaching the option year of his rookie contract, everyone expected the Steelers to make a move, and make it fast.
One summer ago, the Steelers started training camp by signing Cameron Heyward to a long-term deal. The Steelres clearly wanted to keep DeCastro in Pittsburgh, and DeCastro wanted to say? Wouldn’t it be reasonable to expect both parties to follow suit? The Steelers arrived in Latrobe and then broke camp, without a contract. The Steelers cycled through four preseason games. Still no contract.
- Anxious fans started to figet and fret.
In the end, it was all for naught. The Steelers resigned David DeCastro to a 58 million dollar contract that includes a 16 million dollar signing bonus. David DeCastro’s new contract contains 8 million more in guarantees than the 8 million he was due under his option year. DeCastro’s new deal also makes him the 3rd highest paid offensive tackle in the NFL.
With David DeCastro now under contract, the Pittsburgh Steelers have succeeded in locking down Maurkice Pouncey, Ramon Foster, and Marcus Gilbert, or 4/5s of their offensive line to long term contracts.
Ben Roethlisberger, Le’Veon Bell, DeAngelo Williams, Antonio Brown and everyone else who depends on the line to dominate the a scrimmage will welcome that news.