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Cam Heyward addresses his recent comments about leaving Steelers

Cam Heyward after a game

Jan 16, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) leaves the field after losing to the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers star Cam Heyward caused quite a stir with his recent comments about potentially moving to a division rival. Heyward cleared the air with a social media post on Father’s Day.

On Thursday, Heyward spoke to reporters about his future amid an ongoing contract dispute with the Steelers. The 35-year-old defensive tackle openly talked about the possibility of closing out his career with the Cleveland Browns.

Heyward has family ties in Cleveland and played for Ohio State in college. However, several Steelers fans weren’t happy about the idea of Heyward playing elsewhere.

Heyward clearly heard the chatter amongst fans. The 6-time Pro Bowler addressed the issue with a post on X.

“The goal is to be a Steeler for the rest of my career…… anyways on a more important front happy Father’s Day yall [sic],” wrote Heyward.

Heyward also backtracked on his comments about leaving for the Browns. Heyward replied to one fan with a meme implying that he didn’t really want to go to Cleveland.

Heyward’s comments about leaving could have simply been a leverage play amid his ongoing contract negotiations. Heyward, who is seeking an extension, is under contract for $22.4 million this season — the final year of the 4-year, $65.6 million deal he signed in 2020.

Heyward has so far played his entire 13-year career with the Steelers.

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