Updated: Mar 16, 2021
The Steelers have re-signed one of their own! Cameron Sutton, the severely underrated corner returns to the Steelers on a 2-year, $9M deal, according to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network.
This is an awesome deal for the Steelers to get very good cornerback play on a great value. Sutton had a stellar 2020 season, and he returns to continue to bolster the team's CB depth. This move should help keep the secondary elite for years to come.
Sutton is 26 years old and the Steelers have a dynamic player on their hands who will be able to mediate the potential loss of Mike Hilton.
Sutton is very versatile and can play in the slot and on the outside, along with some safety. He's been the Steelers Swiss Army Knife the last couple of years.
In 52 career games with the Steelers, Sutton has compiled 73 total tackles, 64 of them being solos, three interceptions, 17 passes defended, four forced fumbles and two sacks. Sutton started six games in 2020 and started at outside cornerback in place of Joe Haden in the wild-card game loss to the Browns, as Haden was on the reserve/COVID-19 list.
In 2020, Sutton had 30 total tackles, 27 of them being solos, eight passes defended, an interception, a sack and led the team in forced fumbles with three. Sutton also played a career-high 548 snaps (53.26%) on defense last year.
The Steelers will now look to sign Zach Banner, Tyson Alualu and possibly Matt Feiler. Hilton will probably cost the Steelers too much to retain. According to Spotrac, Hilton's market value is at $7.8 million per year on a three-year deal worth $23.5 million. His agent is also Drew Rosenhaus, so it wouldn't be surprising to see him get more than that.