According to Ian Rapoport, the Steelers are signing DE Stephon Tuitt to a five-year extension worth $60 million. Rapoport adds that Tuitt will make roughly $15 million in the first year of his new deal.
Tuitt, who was entering the final year of his contract, is now under contract for the next six years through the 2022 season.
Recent reports had indicated that an extension for Tuitt could be coming any day, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise to see the two parties get a deal happened out before Week 1.
Waiting until next year could have been very costly for Pittsburgh, as they would have run the risk of losing him in free agency.
Tuitt, 24, is a former second-round pick of the Steelers back in 2014. He’s currently in the final year of his four-year, $4,609,444 rookie contract and stands to make a base salary of $1,048,560 for the 2017 season.
In 2016, Tuitt appeared in 14 games for the Steelers and recorded 37 tackles, four sacks, two forced fumbles and three pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 20 interior defensive lineman out of 127 qualifying players.