Thursday night, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward signed a six-year, $59.25 million contract and while some minor details were known that evening, more have now emerged.
According to Adam Caplan of ESPN.com, Heyward received a $12 million signing bonus as part of the $15 million in true guarantees. Additionally, Heyward received a $3 million roster bonus this season as part of the deal in addition to a one million base salary.
While we still don’t know the remaining base salary amounts of Heyward’s contract, we do know that he will also receive a $5 million roster bonus next March. Caplan’s report makes it sound like the structure that originally laid out several weeks ago will be incredibly close to the actual deal.
If, indeed, Caplan’s report is accurate, Heyward’s 2015 cap charge should be $6.4 million. It was originally set to be $6.969 million prior to the new contract being signed, so the Steelers cleared $569,000 of cap space in the process.
The final details of Heyward’s deal should emerge sometime Monday and I’ll make sure to pass along those base salary amounts and actual yearly cap charges as soon as they become available.