Steelers Rumors: CB Cameron Sutton 'Circulating' Among Teams Ahead of NFL Free Agency

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVMarch 12, 2023

PITTSBURGH, PA - DECEMBER 24: Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback Cameron Sutton (20) is announced during the national football league game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Pittsburgh Steelers on December 24, 2022 at Acrisure Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Mark Alberti/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Cameron Sutton could find a nice market developing for himself in free agency this offseason.

According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, "the Pittsburgh corner just finished a two-year, $9 million deal but will be in a much higher tier this time. His name is circulating right now at the cornerback spot."

Sutton, 28, won't be the top cornerback on the market, with either the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Jamel Dean or the Philadelphia Eagles' James Bradberry likely to hold that distinction for teams around the NFL.

But Sutton, who has only been a starter for the past two seasons, arguably slots in as the No. 3 option on the market.

Brad Spielberger of PFF noted that in 2022 he earned "a 71.0 coverage grade [while] allowing just 411 receiving yards—the ninth fewest among cornerbacks with at least 400 coverage snaps on the season. Sutton's versatility as a defensive back who can still line up in the slot when called upon provides added value for interested teams, as well."

Sutton posted career highs in interceptions (three) and passes defensed (15) last season, adding 43 tackles (one for loss). He was arguably Pittsburgh's steadiest defensive back, though safety Minkah Fitzpatrick continued to offer big plays for the unit.

Other cornerbacks to watch in free agency include the New England Patriots' Jonathan Jones, the Minnesota Vikings' Patrick Peterson and the Las Vegas Raiders' Rock Ya-Sin.

That market was potentially shaken up on Sunday, with news that the Miami Dolphins likely won't be seeking additional help at the position after reportedly trading for superstar Jalen Ramsey.

That will give the Dolphins an elite one-two combination at the position of Ramsey and Xavien Howard, and removes an obvious potential buyer from the cornerback market. The Dolphins were previously a potential suitor for players like Sutton, Dean or Bradberry after releasing Byron Jones this offseason, but Ramsey's addition will take them out of the running.