The Pittsburgh Steelers are typically set in their ways when it comes to contract negotiations. They do not budge over holdouts, and will not discuss new deals while a player is under contract for a deal that he negotiated himself. They also tend to extend players from their rookie contract with one year left on their deal if they expect them to be with the team long term. On top of that, they never negotiate during the season.
Where is the Stephon Tuitt contract extension?
The last two Steelers contract traits are why the fact that Stephon Tuitt has yet to be signed to a contract extension is becoming puzzling. Tuitt was a 2014 second round draft pick. He has been a two-year starter and has 32 starts over four seasons. He has grown as a player every year in the league and is becoming a premier defensive end. Tuitt checks every box for a player due to an extension in the 2017 offseason.
The team has had cap space. They gave Le’Veon Bell a contract extension, gave Joe Haden a deal and added depth at safety and tight end just before the start of the season. Just to make sure they still had cap space after all of these moves, the team even restructured linemate Cameron Heyward’s deal. This was the most recent sign that the Steelers had to be optimistic that something would get done soon.
Still, as we close in on 24 hours until the regular season starts nothing has come up. The team is very unlikely to continue these talks from tomorrow on, so the pressure may start to come soon.
Last year, the Steelers negotiated all the way until September 8 to get the David DeCastro extension done. Still, that was the Thursday before the regular season. As we stand on the ninth and the Saturday before the season starts Tuitt is really pushing the limit.
It is unclear who is at fault, and at this point, every story points to the two sides being very close, and an extension is imminent. For now, we wait and hope that more details can come out. This deal should still get done, but it is surprising to see that it has not happened yet.