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New Contract Details For Steelers OLB Tuzar Skipper

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed outside linebacker Tuzar Skipper to a new two-year contract this past Friday and the details associated with that deal have now been filed with the NFLPA.

Skipper, who was previously scheduled to become an exclusive rights free agent this offseason, signed a two-year contract last week that totals out at $1.26 million. The deal did not include any signing bonuses, according to former NFL agent Joel Corry of CBS Sports.

Skipper is now set to have a base salary of $585,000 in 2020 and a base salary of $675,000 in 2021. Both salaries are for the NFL minimum for his accrued seasons, according to Corry. Because Skipper didn’t reportedly receive a signing bonus as part of his new two-year deal that he signed his salary cap charges for both years will equal his base salary amounts.

The two-year deal that Skipper signed includes split salary amounts of $408,000 and $438,000 for 2020 and 2021, respectively.

Skipper originally signed with the Steelers as an undrafted free agent out of Toledo last year after participating in the team’s rookie minicamp on a tryout basis. That original three-year contract totaled out at $1.756 million and included a $1000 signing bonus.

Skipper, who had a fantastic 2019 preseason, was ultimately waived by the Steelers in Week 1 and claimed by the New York Giants. In the six games that Skipper was on the Giants 53-man roster he registered three tackles, a fumble recovery and half a sack. He was waived by the Giants on Oct. 22 and promptly signed to their practice squad the following day.

The Steelers signed Skipper off of the Giants practice squad in Week 12 and he was one of the team’s seven inactive players for the team’s final six regular season games.

YEAR BASE SALARY SIGNING BONUS ROSTER BONUS CAP CHARGE
2020 $585,000 $0 $0 $585,000
2021 $675,000 $0 $0 $675,000
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