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David DeCastro Contract: Latest News, Rumors on OG's Negotiations with Steelers

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 21:  David DeCastro #66 of the Pittsburgh Steelers looks on during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Heinz Field on December 21, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman David DeCastro is a candidate for a contract extension entering the final year of his rookie contract.

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Steelers and DeCastro Making Progress on Extension Negotiations

Wednesday, Aug. 3

DeCastro and the Steelers "have made some progress on contract talks after a slow period," according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com.

DeCastro, 26, is in the final year of his contract after his fifth-year option was exercised and is set to make $8 million this season, according to Spotrac.

An extension at some point feels likely. As Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review suggested in July, DeCastro seems keen to remain with the Steelers:

Mark Kaboly @MarkKaboly

Talked to DeCastro. Sounded like guy who would take a little bit of a hometown discount to stay with the Steelers (compared to Osemele deal)

DeCastro, 26, has emerged as one of the best guards in football. He was voted to both the Pro Bowl and as an Associated Press first-team All-NFL selection in 2015. He was also ranked as Pro Football Focus' sixth-best right guard in 2015 (h/t Rotoworld).

In other words, the Steelers will want to hold on to DeCastro, as he's helped to solidify a very talented offensive line—when the unit is able to stay healthy—in front of franchise quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. Locking him up to a long-term extension that will keep him with the team for the foreseeable future should be a major priority in Pittsburgh.

    

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