Per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, former Steelers cornerback and swiss army knife Mike Hilton will be taking his talents to the Bengals. Hilton cashes in with a four-year deal worth $24 million with $8.5 million in the first year. The hits keep coming for the Steelers in free agency.
According to Overthecap.com, the Bengals had around $40 million in cap space coming into today and Spotrac had Hilton's market value at $7.8 million per year. So the Bengals definitely had the money to pay Hilton.
Hilton's agent is Drew Rosenhaus, so it wouldn't be surprising if Hilton got more than $7.8 million per year annually.
The Steelers re-signed Cam Sutton to a two-year, $9 million deal, so the writing was pretty much on the wall that Hilton was on his way out.
The Steelers will now see Hilton twice a year as he plays for an AFC North foe.
Cam Heyward took to Twitter to congratulate another teammate on a new contract, but at the same time, he's disappointed to see another key cog in the defense depart. Hilton is the fourth Steelers player (third on defense) that is leaving Pittsburgh due to being free agents. Bud Dupree is signing with the Titans on a five-year, $85 million deal with $35 million guaranteed, Matt Feiler agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Chargers and Tyson Alualu came to terms on a two-year, $6 million deal with the Jaguars.
Hilton spoke with Dianna Russini of ESPN and he's excited to land in Cincinnati. Per Overthecap.com, Hilton has career earnings worth around $5 million in his four years in the league, so he'll be getting a well-deserved pay raise. He has been one of the top slot cornerbacks in the league since he broke out in 2017.