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Pittsburgh Steelers sign DE Stephon Tuitt to six-year contract extension

The move was bound to happen, and it has happened on the eve of Week 1.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers had wanted to lock up Stephon Tuitt this preseason, and after they restructured Cam Heyward’s contract it was a foregone conclusion the deal was imminent.

On the eve of the team’s first regular season game against the Cleveland Browns, the team has locked up Tuitt for another six years.

As for the finances behind the contract, it is being reported the deal is a five-year extension worth $61 million dollars. Tuitt still has one year left on his current rookie deal, hence the six-year extension.

It is old news how the Steelers do not negotiate contracts during the season, and like they have done in years past, the team waited up until the start of the season to finally get a deal with one of their top defenders.

Tuitt, who will be along side Javon Hargrave and Cameron Heyward for the near future, has been a wrecking ball for the team, and a high priority to keep in Pittsburgh for the long term.

With Tuitt now under contract, the Steelers are likely done with contracts until the end of the 2017 season, where they will have to negotiate with players like Le’Veon Bell, who is playing under the one year franchise tag, and kicker Chris Boswell.

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