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Cam Sutton’s return to the Steelers is to a completely revamped cornerback group

On Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed veteran cornerback Cam Sutton to a one-year deal reportedly for the NFL’s league minimum salary. After signing a lucrative deal with the Detroit Lions last offseason, Sutton found himself released after legal problems stemming from a domestic violence incident. Exactly how the Steelers should handle Sutton and his offense, which is still going through the legal system, is an issue each person should come to a conclusion to on their own. But apparently the Steelers were confident enough to bring Sutton back to a familiar spot as he continues to pursue his NFL career.

But how much familiarity is Sutton returning to?

After just one season away from Pittsburgh, Cam Sutton returns to a cornerback room which does not have one single carryover from his time with the Steelers in 2022. In just two offseasons, the Steelers have completely overhauled the cornerback position.

So who have the Steelers moved on from since Sutton was last with the team? These are the cornerbacks who appeared in at least one game for the Steelers in 2022:

  • Cam Sutton
  • Levi Wallace
  • Ahkello Witherspoon
  • Arthur Maulet
  • James Pierre
  • Josh Jackson
  • Quincy Wilson

As you can see, now that Sutton is back, he is the only player from this group who is currently on the 2024 roster which includes the following players:

  • Joey Porter Jr.
  • Donte Jackson
  • Cam Sutton
  • Darius Rush
  • Beanie Bishop
  • Anthony Averett
  • Josiah Scott*
  • Cory Trice*
  • Thomas Graham*
  • Ryan Watts*
  • Kalon Barnes*
  • Grayland Arnold*

*Listed on as a Defensive Back

If expanding the defensive positions to all defensive backs to look at who is still with the Steelers since Cam Sutton was on the team in 2022, there are three players at the safety position. Minkah Fitzpatrick has been the rock of the secondary since the Steelers traded for him in 2019. Other than that, it is only special teams captain Miles Killebrew, who sees the field sparingly on defense, along with Damontae Kazee, who fill out the list of players in the secondary who have previously shared the NFL field with Sutton. When it comes to Kazee, his time with the Steelers saw him in his first season in Pittsburgh while Sutton was still on the roster, and the first half of the season was lost due to injury.

Although Sutton‘s teammates have seen a lot of transition, Sutton does return to a very familiar coaching situation. Obviously Mike Tomlin as the head coach who drafted sudden in 2017 and is the NFL’s longest tenured head coach is a mainstay. But Sutton also is familiar with defensive coordinator Teryl Austin and defensive backs coach Grady Brown, both of whom held their respective positions in Sutton’s last year in Pittsburgh.

Exactly how much Cam Sutton will see the field for the Steelers in 2024 remains to be seen. There is still the potential of a significant suspension levied by the NFL, and Sutton’s exact role with the Steelers defense is one that he must earn. But when it comes to sitting in meetings with recognizable faces, Sutton will be looking more to those running the meetings than those sitting next to him to find familiarity.


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