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Report: Steelers Restructure Stephon Tuitt’s Contract

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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.

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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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/18/20

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James Conner tested out his injured ankle and quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw passes to JuJu Smith-Schuster, James Washington and Chase Claypool during practice on Friday, September 18, 2020.

This practice was in preparation for the Steelers week 2 game on Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

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Cam Heyward Named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1

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Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end Cam Heyward has been named NFLPA Community MVP for Week 1.

Heyward was honored for installing his first Little Free Library, a book-sharing box placed in underserved communities around the Pittsburgh area.

Little Free Library is a non-profit organization that “inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.”

The installation of the book-sharing boxes marks the launch of the Rufus and Judy Jordan Literacy Project, a new initiative of the Cameron Heyward Foundation that will work to promote children’s literacy and honor his late grandparents, both of whom were lifelong educators in Pittsburgh.

Drafted in first round of the 2011 NFL Draft out of Ohio State, Heyward has spend his entire career in Pittsburgh. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and has twice received First-Team All-Pro honors.

Heyward and the Steelers agreed to a four-year, $71.4 million contract extension on Sept. 6 that will allow him to retire in Pittsburgh and make him the highest-paid defense player over the age of 30 in NFL history.

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Highlights from Steelers Practice 9/17/20

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The Steelers finally experienced a practice with almost everyone on the roster able to take the field. Only two players did not take part in practice before their week 2 game against Denver.

Alex Highsmith and Minkah Fitzpatrick stood out from the rest on Thursday, September 17, 2020.

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