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Cam Sutton's new deal was previously reported as a two-year, $9 million contract. It's now a five-year deal with three void years in 2023-2025, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
Sutton received a $3.5 million signing bonus in the deal and will have a $1.7 million cap hit in 2021 and a $5.2 million cap charge in 2022, according to Spotrac.
The Steelers currently have a little over $4 million in salary-cap space, so giving Sutton three void years saved the team around $1.5 million in cap space, according to Overthecap.com.
The Steelers are really tight against the cap and are trying to do any type of maneuvering to create space. The Steelers could use a complementary tight end to Eric Ebron, a center and a depth player on the defensive line and at inside linebacker in free agency, so possibly that's why the Steelers are getting creative with the cap.
The Steelers can still restructure contracts with Stephon Tuitt and Chris Boswell, along with extending Steven Nelson and signing Joe Haden to a new deal to free up some cap space. They released Vince Williams as a cap casualty on Tuesday, which saved the team $4 million in cap space.
Surprisingly, JuJu Smith-Schuster has still not signed a deal yet with a team in free agency, as the wide receiver market is really dry right now. Many believe that some of the high-end receivers eventually will sign a one-year prove-it deal and then try to cash in next year when the cap is expected to be north of $210 million because of the mega TV deal that the league agreed to yesterday with the networks.
If the Steelers did some maneuvering with the cap, they could sign Smith-Schuster on a one-year deal worth 10 to $12 million. It would probably take cutting a vested veteran like David DeCastro or Joe Haden for it to happen, however, which is highly doubtful. If Smith-Schuster is willing to bet on himself and take a team-friendly deal, he could come back to the Steelers on a 1-year deal. It would have to be pretty cheap, however.