Mike Hilton has shown up for the Steelers when they need him to.
The Steelers are known for sending the defense at the quarterback. They certainly do that with Mike Hilton. At times they scheme Hilton blitzing without any of the opponent's offensive line touching him clearing the way for a huge shot at their quarterback. It is beautiful to see. Hilton is currently making $3.259 million this season with the Steelers. He is completely undervalued in the role he plays. The Steelers could have signed him to a multi-year deal, but the Steelers only decided to sign Cam Heyward to a mega-deal in the offseason. Hilton is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season. Mike Tomlin even called him a "tough little football player," after the Texans game.
Hilton led the team with 7 tackles and an interception against the Texans. His interception was the play that turned the game around as well. Hilton acknowledges he has been an underdog all of his life and he embraces that role.
"I've been the underdog my whole life. I embrace that role, I play on defense with guys like Cam Heyward and T.J. Watt, Minkah Fitzpatrick. That's who all the media knows, but if you ask some of those guys inside the locker room, they really know how much I put into this defense and how much I'm willing to go all-out for these guys."
Mike is not worried about his contract currently. He is focused on winning games and playing well for his team right now. Hilton says everything off the field will take care of itself.
"I'm not really focused on it, I'm focused on doing what I've been doing, playing well and helping our team get in position to win games. Everything off the field will take care of itself. As a man, I want to go out there and do my job and focus on what I can control. Let everything else fall into place."
Hilton currently has 21 tackles, two sacks, an interception, and four tackles for a loss through 3 games this season with the Steelers. He mentally prepared his body throughout the offseason to get ready for this season knowing this season will be unique due to the Covid-19 virus.
"Mentally preparing and physically preparing my body throughout the offseason, One, this was a different offseason, so I had a lot more time to really learn my body and get it up to par and get in real football shape. And for the mental part, me going into my fourth year, I've seen a lot of things. I played a lot of different offenses. I've played a lot of different coordinators and quarterbacks. Me having all that experience and learning the game has put me in a position to make plays."
The Steelers will not sign players in the middle of the season so Mike Hilton is going to be an interesting player to see hit free agency in the offseason. Hopefully, he will sign back with the Steelers, but the Steelers will be in a cap crunch next offseason. Keep an eye on him.