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The Steelers were able to retain jack of all trades cornerback Cam Sutton by re-signing him to a two-year, $9 million deal yesterday. The deal pretty much solidifies the fact that Mike Hilton will sign with another team, as he should make $7 million or more per year and the Steelers have only $2.775 million in cap space right now, according to Overthecap.com.
Sutton got a nice payday and the contract sets up nice for the Steelers, as Sutton will count just $2.75 million against the cap in 2021, according to Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.
Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle had the details on Sutton's contract. Wilson states that in Sutton's two-year, $9 million deal, $3.5 million if it was signing bonus and $3.5 million was guaranteed. Sutton will have a base salary of $1 million in 2021 and $4.5 million in 2022.
Sutton will be the Steelers' slot cornerback in 2021 and he has the ability to play on the outside as well. Given that Joe Haden turns 32 years old next month, Sutton could replace him as the outside cornerback in 2022 and be up for another pay raise if he continues to play in two years.
With just $2.75 million in cap space currently, the Steelers should be making some contract restructures/extensions soon so they can re-sign some players and be active in free agency a little bit.