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Monday, May 19, 2014, 10:51 a.m.

The Steelers have agreed to terms with a pair of draft picks.

Sixth-round selection nose tackle Daniel McCullers (Tennessee) and seventh-round pick tight end Rob Branchflower (Massachusetts) became the first of the Steelers' nine draft picks to sign their rookie contracts on Monday.

The deals, however, won't be official for another two weeks when the Steelers will gain around $8 million in cap space because of the June 1 designation of LaMarr Woodley's release in March. According to the NFLPA, the Steelers are only $293,437 under the NFL's $133 million salary cap.

With the slotting of draft picks determining rookie salaries, Blanchflower's deal is worth approximately $2.279 million for four years with a $59,000 signing bonus. McCullers' deal is worth slightly more as he will earn $2.298 million over four years with a signing bonus of $78,000.

McCullers (6-7, 352), who was the 215th overall pick, started 19 of 22 games and recorded 72 tackles (41 solo) in his two years at Tennessee while Blanchflower (6-4, 256), who was the 230th overall selection, started 27 of 38 games, recording 109 receptions for 1,164 yards and nine touchdowns.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib.

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