The reality was that Pittsburgh Steelers defensive lineman Cameron Hayward had to work with the entire offers, knowing that he was going into the final year of his contract and facing uncertainty that he and the team would be able to work out or not. Expansion before regular season starts.
“With honesty, 48 hours ago, I could think of something different”, he said earlier today, after signing a new four-year extension. “It was a testament to a lot of people, be it my agent, Mr. Rooney, Kevin Colbert, Omar Khan and Coach T. It was a combination of a lot of different people.”
“There was a good doubt in my head”, he admitted. “We are dealing with epidemics – we are not dealing with normal circumstances. You just never know. You can ask my family, I am in a bit of a headache. This is something we had to build towards, but I am happy to say that it has happened ”.
Several times throughout this offshine, both Art Rooney II and Kevin Colbert acknowledged that the financial uncertainty of the epidemic was usually affecting their ability to do business, particularly as it received related extensions. It came down more than a chord, and Hayward felt it.
“Obviously, we were happy to do it, but it took a lot of work to get it done,” he said. “When I say 48 hours, I think there was a time when it was almost dead, to be completely honest. I was getting ready for farewell, getting ready for my farewell, this was my last ride.
She is not the first sailor to have been in the same boat, especially those who have actually played their final deal like Ramon Foster. There was a time that Ryan Clarke was on his way to signing in Miami with the Dolphins in free agency before making one last call to stay in Pittsburgh.
Hayward admitted, “I couldn’t see myself anywhere else, but I had to be prepared for that reality”. And again, retrospectively and externally, it’s probably easy to say that surely it will happen. But if you’re Hayward, you know that you can’t just take it for granted that things will happen.
However, he worked on a contract during his 35th season in 2024, being among the highest-paid players in his place, and signed the largest contract by more than 30 defensive players in NFL history .