Stephon Tuitt has had a strong start to his career, and is cashing in with a new deal to stay with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Through three seasons, the former Notre Dame All-American has 108 total tackles and 11.5 sacks in 44 career games.
Ahead of the opening to the 2017 season, the Steelers have announced a long extension for the 24-year old defensive end.
Tuitt, who had one year remaining on his contract, was signed to a new six-year contract.
“This is one of the best organizations to be a part of, especially for a guy like me,” said Tuitt. “I (came in) as a young guy, super raw. I have some great coaches who have helped me and I have seen my game pick up, my confidence level rise, my leadership ability rise. Being a part of an organization like this, I can see why a lot of great players come from here, a lot of Hall of Fame players come from here.
“I love the organization.”
It is unclear exactly how much Tuitt is set to make. Before the announcement, Adam Schefter reported that the deal was set to be five years, $61 million. I assume the Steelers are counting this season in the six years, and that the $61 million is an accurate figure.
Updated with contract figure: Steelers are signing DE Stephon Tuitt to a five-year, $61 million extension, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 9, 2017
The Steelers open the season at the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. ET and be broadcast on CBS.