A Pittsburgh Steelers beat reporter shut down a silly rumor this week before it could even gain serious traction.

There’s been some speculation in recent weeks that Pittsburgh could look into trading defensive lineman Cam Heyward during the offseason.

The feeling is that trading Heyward, who will turn 34 next spring, will free up some cap space for the Steelers and allow the team to spend some money on the offensive side of the ball.

We’ve seen plenty of moves like this before in the NFL (the Chicago Bears traded Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers last offseason in a similar move).

But it won’t be happening in Pittsburgh. At least not according to The Athletic’s Mark Kaboly.

Oct 30, 2022; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Cameron Heyward (97) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Kaboly was asked this week in a mailbag for The Athletic about the Steelers potentially trading Heyward during the offseason. There’s enough speculation that Kaboly asked a team official about the possibility.

And they made it clear to Kaboly that Heyward isn’t going anywhere.

From The Athletic:

I was curious if the Steelers would ever trade Cam, so I brought this up to a team official, who was granted anonymity for competitive reasons. This person basically laughed in my face. Some things mean more than cap relief and draft picks, and Heyward is the epitome of that.

Roster decisions aren’t always based on stats or what we see for four quarters on Sundays (Heyward has played well this season, but he’s probably not going to match his 10 sacks from last year).

The leadership that Heyward provides is extremely important to Pittsburgh’s defense and locker room. And the last thing the team wants to do is send one of their key leaders packing. That could have a disastrous effect on the locker room.

Heyward is under contract with the Steelers for two more seasons after 2022 and I’d expect to see him playing in Pittsburgh for the final two years of his deal.

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