Steelers defensive lineman Stephon Tuitt didn’t get a big contract as a rookie in 2014. He has one now, just as the last year of his first contract was set to begin.
Per a source with knowledge of the deal, here are the full details:
1. $11 million signing bonus;
2. $1 million base salary for 2017;
3. $2 million 2017 roster bonus due in three days;
4. $7.5 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the 2018 league year;
5. $3.5 million salary for 2018;
6. $3 million roster bonus due on the fifth day of the 2019 league year;
7. $6 million salary for 2019;
8. $9 million salary for 2020;
9. $9 million salary for 2021;
10. $9.05 million salary for 2022.
Here are the highlights of the deal:
1. Tuitt was due to make $1.048560 this year; he’ll make $14 million instead.
2. He’ll make $24 million in new money over the first two years of the deal.
3. There’s no guarantee beyond year one, which is consistent with all Steelers long-term deals. However, they rarely cut a player who has signed a long-term contract after one year. If they do, Tuitt will have gotten $14 million for one year and an early trip to the open market, thanks to the early trigger on the roster bonus.