The Pittsburgh Steelers have several more practices remaining at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe and during that time it’s likely that guard David DeCastro will sign a new long term contract extension with the team. While there hasn’t been much to report in the way of negotiations between the Steelers and the former first-round draft pick out of Stanford, it sounds like things are starting to heat up now that training camp is underway.
According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com, the team is now making progress on contract talks with DeCastro after a slow period of negotiations.
Was told Steelers and All-Pro G David DeCastro have made some progress on contract talks after a slow period.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) August 3, 2016
DeCastro, who had his fifth-year option picked up by the Steelers last offseason, is currently scheduled to earn $8.07 million in 2016 as a result of that move. His new deal is likely to average more than that amount and he could ultimately wind up being the second-highest paid guard in the league behind Kelechi Osemele, who signed a five year, $58.5 million free agent contract with the Oakland Raiders this past March.
A new deal with DeCatro is expected to ultimately lower his 2016 cap charge by several million dollars.
Heading into his fifth season, DeCastro has played in 51 games with 50 starts.