Contract humbles DeCastro

PITTSBURGH – David DeCastro was fully prepared to enter the final year of his contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers with his future uncertain. The ever pragmatic All-Pro guard even had a phone number handy just in case he needed to take out an insurance policy if he and the team couldn’t agree to a long-term extension.

The Steelers gave him tens of millions of reasons not to make that call. The new six-year, $58 million deal DeCastro agreed to on Thursday makes him one of the league’s highest paid linemen.

“You can think about it all you want, but you can’t comprehend that, it’s life changing,” DeCastro said.

And the latest investment by the Steelers to make sure quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and one of the league’s best offenses keeps on rolling. With DeCastro in the fold the Steelers have all but one of their offensive line starters locked up through at least the next three seasons. Guard Ramon Foster is signed through 2018 with right tackle Marcus Gilbert and center Maurkice Pouncey set through 2019.

Pouncey joked in the locker room on Friday that DeCastro owed him a Bentley while Gilbert anticipates DeCastro picking up the check in the near future. That’s fine by DeCastro (well, maybe not the Bentley part), who can now place his focus strictly on the fun part of his job instead of the business side.

“I love the game of football,” he said. “The money is a great sign of respect but I just have to continue doing what I’m doing. I know how to do it. It’s gotten me this far.”