4 moves to help Steelers keep a winning roster around QB Ben Roethlisberger

Joe Haden #23 of the Pittsburgh Steelers. (Photo by Benjamin Solomon/Getty Images)
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Sign Cameron Sutton

So what is the plan for the cornerback position? For me, it would be to sign Cameron Sutton to a big extension. With Joe Haden gone in the hypothetical scenario, the Steelers need to have an answer in place at left cornerback. Though Sutton has never been a full-time player in this role, he has been brilliant when called upon in nickel and dime situations for Pittsburgh, and we hope that this would translate to success as a starting player.

Signing Mike Hilton is the other option the Steelers could explore, but I don’t like this as much. While Hilton is the better tackler and blitzer of the two, he is a slot-only option for the Steelers and doesn’t have the same coverage skills that Sutton has. On the other hand, Sutton has experience starting on the outside and has done a serviceable job in this role. He has a lineup up just about everywhere a cornerback can play.

It’s always a bit of a concern giving a sizable extension to a player that doesn’t have a lot of starting experience through his first contract. However, Sutton is a player who has made strides each year and has really stepped up for this team when called on. With Joe Haden gone in this scenario, I think it makes sense to bring Sutton back in 2021 and beyond.

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With Ben Roethlisberger returning for one last season, it’s important that the Steelers do everything in their power not to waste this opportunity. Though I’m not a fan of pushing more potential dead money into the future, some of these moves will have to be made if Pittsburgh wants another chance to compete in 2021.