PITTSBURGH – It’s never a good thing when one of your better players decides to walk away from football.

Stephon Tuitt and the Steelers fit that bill.

It’s a rather big loss for the Steelers, more so because of the timing, than anything. Tuitt’s decision to walk away obviously came after the bulk of free agency and after the 2022 NFL Draft. If he would’ve made this decision sooner, then the Steelers would’ve had much better opportunities to find adequate replacements.

Alas, that’s not the case. As the wonderful cliché goes, “it is what it is”.

There is one way that Tuitt’s retirement can help the Steelers’ in both the short- and long-term, however.

And that’s through a Minkah Fitzpatrick extension.

The Steelers aren’t saving 10s of millions of dollars off Tuitt’s retirement, but they are saving a little over $4 million in the deal. That money could be used to help work out an extension for Fitzpatrick, who is one of the game’s best safeties and is looking to get paid as such.

When it comes to elite players wanting elite contracts, every penny counts. And now, the Steelers have hundreds of millions more pennies to help keep Fitzpatrick in Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future.

Tuitt’s retirement may not directly help the Steelers on the field, but it could very well help Fitzpatrick’s bank account, which is still a win for both Pittsburgh and Fitzpatrick, at the end of the day.

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