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Steelers to Sign CB Cam Sutton, Released By Lions after Domestic Violence Arrest

The Pittsburgh Steelers are set to bring back CB Cam Sutton after he was arrested for domestic violence and cut by the Lions.

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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cam Sutton during a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on Nov. 29, 2022. -- Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

The Pittsburgh Steelers are expected to sign cornerback Cam Sutton to a one-year, veteran minimum on Wednesday, as first reported by Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Sutton was released by the Detroit Lions earlier this offseason following an arrest on a felony domestic violence charge. That charge was later downgraded to a misdemeanor and Sutton entered a pre-trial diversion program.

Sutton, 29, was originally drafted by the Steelers out of Tennessee in the third round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He played six seasons for the Steelers from 2017-22, progressing from a Dime cornerback to a starter on the outside.

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Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cam Sutton during a preseason game on Aug. 20, 2022. — Ed Thompson / Steelers Now

He left Pittsburgh in 2023, when he signed a three-year, $33 million free agent contract with the Detroit Lions. He started all 17 games for Detroit last season, recording 65 tackles, four tackles for loss, six passes defended, one forced fumble and one interception.

Playing almost exclusively outside cornerback for the first time in his career, Sutton struggled with Detroit, allowing a 113.9 passer rating against, per Pro Football Focus, the second-worst mark of his career.

The Steelers don’t need a lot of help at outside cornerback, where Joey Porter Jr. and Donte Jackson have starting roles locked down and Cory Trice and Darius Rush seem poised to provide young depth.

But on the inside, the Steelers let both Chandon Sullivan and Patrick Peterson walk from their 2023 club, and have not made significant additions. Former practice squad player Josiah Scott and undrafted rookie Beanie Bishop have been working in that place throughout OTAs.

Though Sutton has cleared the legal process in Florida, he may still face NFL discipline under the league’s domestic abuse policy, and could be suspended for the start of the season.