Steelers pick up fifth-year option for Cam Heyward

The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option for defensive end Cameron Heyward through the 2015 season, their 2011 first-round draft pick.

This secures Heyward for a fifth season.

The Steelers exercised the option prior to a May 3 NFL deadline.

Drafted 31st overall out of Ohio State, Heyward is due a $6.969 million salary.

In 13 starts last season, Heyward recorded 63 tackles, five sacks, five passes defensed, and 31 pressures.

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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.