The Detroit Lions had a major need at cornerback coming into the offseason, and the team wasted little time checking it off during the legal tampering period.
Early after the tampering period opened, the Lions struck to add Cameron Sutton, formally of the Pittsburgh Steelers, to a new deal to take over in their backfield.
News of the agreement with Sutton was first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Monday, March 13.
Source: The #Lions are signing Cam Sutton to a 3-year deal worth $33M with $22.5M guaranteed.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2023
“Source: The Lions are signing Cam Sutton to a 3-year deal worth $33M with $22.5M guaranteed,” Rapoport tweeted.
The move guaranteed the Lions would land one of the top cornerbacks during free agency. As soon as the report of the deal was revealed, folks wasted little time chiming in and explaining what the team was getting in Sutton.
Former NFL defensive back Will Blackmon put it simply when he saw the news with a re-tweet. As he said, Sutton is a baller.
— Will Blackmon 🍷 (@WillBlackmon) March 13, 2023
“Baller,” Blackmon tweeted after seeing the news.
Another former NFL defensive back in Jason McCourty liked the move himself. As McCourty said, it was a nice pickup for Detroit relative to what Sutton brings to the mix for the Lions’ young defense.
Versatile guy who’s played well in Pittsburgh! Has played outside corner and in the slot!
Nice pickup for this young Lions defense https://t.co/frYQNGxGfd
— Jason McCourty (@JasonMcCourty) March 13, 2023
“Versatile guy who’s played well in Pittsburgh! Has played outside corner and in the slot! Nice pickup for this young Lions defense,” McCourty tweeted.
In terms of the metrics, Sutton has been phenomenal in Pittsburgh, especially during the 2022 season. As Twitter user Lions Guy showed, the stats are in favor of Sutton being one of the better corners in the league with regard to metrics.
Lions new CB Cameron Sutton.
Was targeted 71 times for 36 catches 412 yards. 3 picks and 8 PBUs.
28 years old and entering his prime. Detroit needed a player like him.
Primarily an outside corner but can play inside too.
— Lions Guy (@LionsGuy9) March 13, 2023
“Lions new CB Cameron Sutton: 71.6 DEF. 73.6 RDEF. 70.4 …read more