TribLIVE

| Sports

 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Steelers sign 1st-round pick Shazier to 4-year contract

Getty Images
Ryan Shazier poses with a jersey after he was picked #15 overall by the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Shazier signed a four-year contract Thursday, and is expected to be a starting linebacker for the Steelers this season.

Steelers/NFL Videos

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.
By Alan Robinson
Thursday, June 5, 2014, 6:24 p.m.
 

With seven weeks remaining before the start of training camp, the Steelers already have first-round draft pick Ryan Shazier under contract.

Shazier, an inside linebacker and the No. 15 overall pick, signed a four-year contract Thursday, leaving the team with three unsigned picks.

His contract includes a fifth-year option the Steelers can choose to pick up. Based on the NFL rookie wage scale, Shazier's deal is worth $9.5 million guaranteed with a $5.365 million signing bonus.

The Steelers previously signed their final five picks from May's draft. Still unsigned are second-round pick Stephon Tuitt, third-round pick Dri Archer and fourth-round pick Martavis Bryant.

The 6-foot-1, 237-pound Shazier had 316 tackles, 44 12 for losses, 14 sacks, nine quarterback pressures and forced nine fumbles in his 39-game Ohio State career.

Shazier began practicing with the Steelers' starters this offseason, a rarity under defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau, and is expected to start this season.

“He's going to be a great player for us,” outside linebacker Jarvis Jones said. “He's going to be able to do a lot of different things for us, moving around and making some plays. … He's going to be exciting to see.”

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Steelers

  1. With most starters resting, Steelers turn in lackluster loss at Heinz
  2. Steelers notebook: Thomas, Moats only starting defensive players to see action vs. Panthers
  3. Bubble players get last chance to impress Steelers
  4. In reworking contract, Steelers WR Brown gets hefty pay raise
  5. Steelers accomplish mission to get younger, faster on defense
  6. Steelers notebook: New kicker Scobee relishes opportunity
  7. Steelers running back eager to prove he can help bridge gap to Bell
  8. Healthy, confident Steelers LB Shazier ready for full speed ahead
  9. Steelers WR Bryant’s suspension upheld
  10. Steelers’ Tomlin disappointed by Bryant suspension