Cameron Heyward, Greg Little

Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cameron Heyward (97) fends off Cleveland Browns wide receiver Greg Little after a fumble recovery in the fourth quarter of an NFL football game on Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013. (AP Photo/David Richard)

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the 2015 option on defensive end Cam Heyward.

The decision, announced Tuesday, means Heyward will have to wait two more years before becoming a free agent. Heyward is coming off a breakout season in which he finished with a career-high five sacks while making 13 starts.

The 31st overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft is considered a cornerstone of Pittsburgh’s 3-4 defense going forward. The team let Ziggy Hood walk in free agency and has not re-signed veteran Brett Keisel.

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