NFL Trade Rumors: Pittsburgh Steelers Defensive Back Cameron Sutton Suspended

The Pittsburgh Steelers will be without a key defensive piece for nearly half of the 2024 regular season. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the NFL has suspended defensive back Cameron Sutton for eight games after finding him in violation of its Personal Conduct Policy.

Sutton was arrested and charged with misdemeanor domestic battery in March. He was promptly released by the Detroit Lions, his team at the time, and signed by the Steelers in June.

The Steelers and Sutton go way back; They initially drafted him with a third-round pick way back in 2017, and he played six seasons with the team, starting 56 of 101 games. His best season was his last in Pittsburgh: Over 16 appearances and 15 starts during the 2022 season, he snagged three interceptions and broke up 15 passes, all while allowing an impressive 65.3 passer rating on throws in his direction. That breakout season earned him a three-year, $33 million deal with the Lions in March of 2023.

The Steelers nabbed Sutton on an affordable one-year, $1.21 million deal, so it's not like they extended themselves to fit him onto their roster. Still, they're likely disappointed to learn his punishment is this severe. Given his age (29), they were likely pegging him for a significant role. When he eventually returns, he'll likely slide in as the third or even second cornerback in the Steelers' defensive backfield.

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