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Steelers ‘Would Like’ to do More Business with Chandon Sullivan

The Pittsburgh Steelers could want cornerback Chandon Sullivan back in the fold after talking with him in the exit interview.



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Steelers CB Chandon Sullivan against the Arizona Cardinals, Dec. 3, 2023 - Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers have a lot of decisions to make at cornerback. Levi Wallace, James Pierre, and Chandon Sullivan are scheduled to be free agents, meanwhile, Patrick Peterson will have a critical decision made about his deal, too. But Sullivan might be the most interesting player of the bunch just because of how strong he came on at the end of the season. He did not play that much, but when he was asked to play more due to Peterson’s move to safety, he played well.

In an interview with Ron Lippock, Sullivan discussed his exit interview with the team, and in that exit interview, they said they would love to do business with him.

“I felt like I did the most with the opportunities I had. I didn’t play as many snaps as I’m used to – that’s just how it ended up schematically. But I took advantage of the opportunities I had on defense and on special teams,” Sullivan said. “I hadn’t played a lot on special teams before but I think I played well there. The team told me before I left that they would like to do more business with me, but who knows. We know how the business of the NFL can be. But no stress – I know I’ll end up playing somewhere.”

The Steelers used Peterson in the slot, at outside corner, and at safety in 2023. Peterson moved to safety to help deal with a glut of injuries at the position. Now healthy, the Steelers have several safeties under contract for 2024, with the trio of Minkah Fitzpatrick, Damontae Kazee, and Keanu Neal set to return as things stand at the moment. But Sullivan could be an interesting player to bring back. He was a core special teamer, and even though he only played about 15 snaps per game, gave Pittsburgh some underneath aggression when they wanted him to do that.

Peterson’s status himself is far from certain. With a $9.8 million cap hit, he’s one of the players who could provide the team with substantial salary cap relief with a release or restructure. Sullivan could at least provide depth and competition to that room as the Steelers try to sort out how they will address it all moving forward. But it seems the door on Sullivan returning to the team is not closed.