The Pittsburgh Steelers and offensive lineman David DeCastro are close to coming to terms on a new contract, according to ESPN. DeCastro’s agent, Tom Condon, is known for wanting to get deals done before the start of the regular season, and notably represented Drew Brees for his recent contract extension.
DeCastro, 26, was a first-round pick by the Steelers in 2012, going with the No. 24 overall selection. DeCastro came out of Stanford, where he was a unanimous All-American player and a two-time First-team All-Pac-12 player. Once he got to the NFL, his level of play didn’t dip, and he is coming off his first ever appearance in the Pro Bowl this past season.
He was also named a first-team All-Pro this past year. His importance to the Steelers, a team that has seen its quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, sustain serious injuries in recent years, cannot be overstated. He dealt with injuries himself in his first couple seasons in the league, but he played in and started every game for the Steelers in 2015, and that seems to have been enough for the Steelers to offer him a new deal.
DeCastro has expressed his desire to get a deal done before the start of the regular season. Contract talks during the season are a distraction many players like to avoid, and as this is the last year of his contract in Pittsburgh, it would certainly qualify as a distraction.
As one of the top guards in the league, DeCastro’s new deal should pay him quite a lot. Kyle Long recently signed a four-year, $40 million extension with the Chicago Bears, while Kelechi Osemele leads all guards with an average salary of $11.7 million per season. Mike Iupati and Brandon Brooks come in under Long’s $10 million per season with $8 million per year each. DeCastro’s deal should be in the Long and Osemele range.