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Cam Heyward addresses his contract holdout from Steelers

The franchise icon is still without a contract.

Michael W.

The Pittsburgh Steelers are in preparations for mandatory veteran minicamp, and there has been one notable absence so far in OTA's that rightfully has many fans concerned. Star defensive end and team captain Cam Heyward has been holding out in hopes of landing a new, more lucrative contract. However, he did make an appearance at a voluntary workout at the UPMC Rooney Sports Complex.

He's set to enter the final year of his deal, which will count $22.4 million against the team salary cap. He recently met with reporters, and stated in no uncertain terms that he feels he's still one of the best players in the NFL in his position and wants to feel valued. 

“I’m looking to be here,” he said. “The value is what we decide, but I want to be valued at my position. I understand I came off a rough season, but I don’t think it’s a step down from where I play. When I’m at the top of my game, I’m still a top-five player at my position. I play the run and the pass, I bring leadership and that’s not anything I discount.”

“We’ll see what happens,” he said. “If it’s my last year here, I’ve had a great career here, but I look forward to playing next year.”

As far as what he thinks about what the Steelers have done with their multiple additions and subtractions, he has a more positive outlook. 

“I think they are all good acquisitions,” Heyward explained when addressing the offseason moves. “But you never want to be known as a paper champ. You can’t win the offseason. “I think the work gets done out here on the field. It gets done in the classroom. It gets done training, and then you see where you’re at in training camp. You build on that.

“I think we’ve got the right guys in the building. It’s just about putting a complete team on the field.”

Is there going to be a deal worked out between the two sides? 

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Source: Trib Live