Steelers news: Cameron Sutton gone, Pittsburgh signs Patrick Peterson, and more

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Talk about a whirlwind of emotions to kick off the 2023 free agency period. On Monday, the legal tampering period began in the NFL. The first two hours were flooded with an array of moves -- one that greatly impacted the Pittsburgh Steelers.

While Pittsburgh doesn't have a lot of money to work with, they made a splash of their own on opening day. Now it's a matter of seeing what sort of moves they will make in the coming weeks. Here's the latest Steelers news.

Steelers news

Less than two hours into the legal tampering period, veteran cornerback Cameron Sutton signed a three-year, $33 million deal with the Detroit Lions. This move stung a little, as Sutton was a key contributor on the Steelers in 2022.

Pittsburgh's former third-round pick was coming off his best season as a professional in which he earned 3 interceptions and 15 passes defended -- both career-high numbers. Sutton was said to be a key priority for the Steelers during the 2023 offseason, but the two sides had other plans.

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Omar Khan acted fast in an effort to replace Sutton. Just a few hours after Ian Rapoport confirmed that Sutton was signing with the Lions, the NFL Network reporter broke the news that the Steelers were signing veteran cornerback, Patrick Peterson.

Peterson is coming off a solid year with the Minnesota Vikings in which he defended 15 passes and earned an impressive 5 interceptions. However, this will be Peterson's 13th year in the NFL, and fans have the right to wonder how much more he has left in the tank. This is certainly a win-now move by the Steelers for a cornerback who will be 33 this coming season.

NFL news

With a flurry of moves taking place in the opening hours of free agency, it's hard to keep track of everything that happened. In addition to Bills linebacker, Tremaine Edmunds, earning a massive contract by the Chicago Bears, Jimmy Garoppolo signed a three-year, $67.5 million deal with the Raiders, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms.

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