As expected, the Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on guard David DeCastro, according to Albert Breer of the NFL Network.
The Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on G David DeCastro. Second one (joining Melvin Ingram) picked up so far.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 9, 2015
DeCastro, who is currently entering the final year of his rookie contract, will now be set to earn a base salary in 2016 that will equal the average of the third to 25th highest salaries at his position. That amount is expected to be $8,070,000, according to Joel Corry, of CBSSports.com.
Now that DeCastro’s fifth-year as been picked up, he will more than likely be in line for a new contract when the team reports to Latrobe for their 2016 training camp.
The Steelers drafted DeCastro in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of Stanford. After missing most of his rookie season due to a serious knee injury, DeCastro has gone on to start 31 regular-season games at right guard for the Steelers.
Last year at this same time the Steelers picked up the option on defensive end Cameron Heyward. He is expected to receive a new contract later on this summer.