The Pittsburgh Steelers decided to make sure that a stalwart on their offensive line was taken care of for a long time on the first day of the regular season, signing offensive guard David DeCastro to a six-year contract extension on Thursday. Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was the first to report the news.
Steelers reach agreement on six-year contract extension w G David DeCastro, per team source.
— Gerry Dulac (@gerrydulac) September 8, 2016
A first-round pick out of Stanford in the 2012 NFL Draft (No. 24 overall), DeCastro has started 50 games in his four season with the Steelers. He made a Pro Bowl and was named First-Team All-Pro by the Associated Press after starting all 16 games at right guard for the Steelers in 2015.
Set to play the 2016 season on his fifth-year option, the extension keeps DeCastro under contract through 2021. Counting his $8.07 million salary for 2016, the extension is worth $58.07 million over the next six years.
#Steelers G David DeCastro’s new, 6-year deal is worth $58.07M, source said. So, $10M per year in new money tacked on to 2016.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 8, 2016
DeCastro has been a pillar for an offensive line that has helped lead one of the most potent offenses in the NFL. The 26-year-old from Bellevue, Wash., now becomes the second-highest paid guard in the NFL to the Raiders’ Kelechi Osemele, though Bears guard Kyle Long’s extension is in the neighborhood of DeCastro’s deal in terms of average annual value.