Tuitt enters the final year of his rookie deal set to earn a base salary of $1.05 million, and the Steelers would like to make sure he’s around for longer. They have a longstanding team policy not to negotiate during the regular season, so the Sept. 9 season opener is the deadline for getting a deal done.
Tuitt, 24, is regarded as one of the league’s top young 3-4 defensive ends. In 44 games, he has 11.5 sacks, but the Steelers are expecting more this season.
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review expects Tuitt to receive a contract similar to what the Steelers gave defensive lineman Cam Heyward in 2015. Heyward’s six-year, $59.2 million deal included $15 million guaranteed.