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Report: Steelers Restructure Stephon Tuitt’s Contract



The Pittsburgh Steelers have restructured the contract of defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt, giving the team some salary cap flexibility as it enters the 2019 season.

Tuitt will have his $5.195 million of his $6 million base salary for this season converted into to a signing bonus and spread over the rest of his contract, according to a report by Field Yates of ESPN.

Tuitt, 26, originally signed his five-year, $60 million contract before the 2017 season. He and the team have already restructured it once, in February 2018. He earned a $3 million roster bonus this March.

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Restructuring a contract does not change its value, but it does provide more upfront money for the player. The Steelers still owe Tuitt $36 million, according to Spotrac.

The move will save the Steelers approximately $3.9 million under the salary cap this season, giving them space to make minor additions as training camp moves on, or potentially lock up a player that is on an expiring contract to an extension.

Cornerback Joe Haden said he was optimistic such a deal would get done on training camp report day, while linebacker Bud Dupree said on Sunday that he isn’t interested in such an extension.

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