Jan 23, 2020; Kissimmee, Florida, USA;  Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (97) during AFC practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Steelers sign All-Pro DT Heyward through 2024

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed defensive tackle Cameron Heyward to a five-year contract.

The two-time All-Pro and three-time Pro Bowl selection announced the news himself Sunday night on social media, tweeting: “Pittsburgh is where I belong!”

The team confirmed the deal, which keeps the 31-year-old Heyward in Pittsburgh through 2024.

Including the 2020 season, the total value of the deal is $75.1 million, including $65.6 million in new compensation, according to multiple reports.

That makes Heyward the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player over the age of 30 based on yearly average ($15.02 million), according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.

Since being drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, Heyward has started 99 of his 134 games and registered 54 sacks, six forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries and 397 tackles. His 54 sacks rank him eighth in team history.

In 2019, he led all NFL defensive linemen with 83 tackles and added nine sacks in 16 starts.

The Steelers open the season next Monday on the road against the New York Giants.

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