4 former Steelers who failed with new teams in 2023

There were a few prominent former Steelers sprinkled around the league in new threads for the 2023 season. It turns out the Steelers were right to let these players go.

Detroit Lions v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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Cam Sutton Struggles in Detroit

Cam Sutton was regarded as one of the best cornerback free agents in the 2023 class after a solid final season in Pittsburgh. The Steelers didn't want to pay him big-time money, and after one season in Detroit, Omar Khan and the front office were proven to have made the correct decision.

As the Lions' top cornerback, Sutton had arguably his worst season in the NFL. He allowed 67% of the passes in his area to be completed, the second-highest percentage of his career, and gave up a career-high 888 yards and tied his career high in touchdowns allowed with five.

Sutton matched his new jersey number in interceptions too and only deflected six passes. It was a bad showing from start to finish for the Steelers' 2017 third-round pick.

Despite the Lions being one of the feel good stories of the 2023 season, everyone knew their secondary was their Achilles heel. Sutton played a big role in that. feel-good

Sutton signed a three-year, $33 million contract in the 2023 offseason, making him the 16th highest-paid cornerback in the league in terms of yearly salary. Now that Brad Holmes and the Lions front office know they need to add even more talent to their defensive backfield, there might be a bit of buyer's remorse there.