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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.

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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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