4 Steelers free agents who will get more money than they deserve this offseason
By Tommy Jaggi
CB Mike Hilton
I like Mike Hilton as much as anyone. He has been a terrific free agent by the Steelers back in 2017, and the fact that he has been playing for pennies has been a steal for Pittsburgh. Though Hilton isn’t going to command nearly as much money as the three players previously mentioned on this list, I still don’t think other teams will end up getting their money’s worth out of Hilton.
Projected to make nearly $8 million per season, according to Spotrac.com, I’m not sure if any other team will get the same level of use out of him that the Steelers do. Pittsburgh is the perfect place to utilize Hilton’s skillset. He’s definitely not an outside cornerback, so a team would be foolish to try to slot him at this position.
Though he is a quality nickel cornerback, he’s not terrific in coverage. In fact, most of his best performances usually come with Hilton acting like a bite-sized linebacker near or behind the line of scrimmage. For a team that runs a lot of man coverage without a lot of exotic blitzes, I can say for sure that Hilton won’t be worth the money. If that’s the case, they would be better off with a player like Cameron Sutton. Hilton could still be a quality player in the right scheme, but I think he’s going to get more money than he will be worth on the next club he ends up playing for.
It’s very likely that all four of the players on this list walk away from Pittsburgh this offseason. The only good news from all of this is that the big deals they are set to earn should contribute nicely to the Steelers compensatory formula next year.