Not many seasons ago, it would have been crazy to discuss the Steelers possibly letting a corner of Mike Hilton‘s caliber go. However, 2018 and 2019 have shown the Steelers secondary is now a strength of the team.
Hilton has been a diamond in the rough in that secondary since they signed him in 2017. He has become one of the most underrated slot corners in the league.
Hilton battled an injury in 2018 and was ultimately benched at the end of the season in favor of Cameron Sutton. Hilton started 2019 rough before righting the ship and getting back to form in the second half of the season.
He was signed to a $3.259 million deal as a restricted free agent this offseason. The Steelers still value him as a member of the secondary.
This is not to say they do not have faith in Sutton. Sutton has been a very good contributor since being drafted and that is evidenced by him taking over for a struggling Hilton in 2018.
Hilton has the 2020 season to show he is deserving of a long-term deal with the team. He has been hopeful for a contract before and will continue to let his playset his value.
If the Steelers decide to move on from Hilton after 2020, Cameron Sutton is more than capable of stepping in and being the starting slot corner. Hilton is a good player, however, and the Steelers should strongly consider a deal if the price is right for both sides.