Now that the Pittsburgh Steelers have extended the contract of defensive end Cameron Heyward, will tackle Kelvin Beachum be next? Nobody outside of the Steelers organization really knows for sure, but according to one Saturday morning report, some discussions have now taken place.
According to Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports, while not much progress has been made so far, the Steelers have had extension talks with Beachum, who is entering the final year of his rookie contract after originally being drafted in the seventh-round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of SMU.
Steelers have extended Tomlin, Colbert and Heyward recently. FYI – also have had talks with LT Kelvin Beachum but not much progress yet.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 25, 2015
About a week ago, I posted a projected contract for Beachum that would result in him becoming one of the top ten highest paid tackles in the league. He has been the starter on the left side for the Steelers since the fifth week of the 2013 season.
Should the Steelers wind up not extending Beachum prior to the start of the 2015 season, he would likely hit free agency next offseason unless the organization ultimately decides to place either the franchise or transition tag on him.
I still contend that a long-term extension will get done with Beachum at some point prior to the regular season getting underway. He is currently scheduled to earn $1.542 million in 2014.