Steelers sign speedy third-rounder Archer
The Steelers signed third-round draft pick Dri Archer on Friday, leaving only third-round pick Stephon Tuitt unsigned from their 2014 draft class.
Archer, the hybrid running back/wide receiver from Kent State, signed the standard four-year rookie contract. Based on the NFL rookie wage scale, the deal is worth $2.748 million, including a signing bonus of $506,000.
The Steelers apparently plan to use Archer — the fastest player available in the draft — in a variety of ways. During offseason workouts, he has lined up as a running back, in the slot, as a traditional wide receiver and as a kick returner.
The 5-foot-8, 173-pound Archer was timed at an NFL Combine-best 4.26 seconds in the 40-yard dash and was hand-timed in 4.16 seconds. At Kent State, he had 4,980 all-purpose yards and 40 touchdowns, including 24 rushing, 12 receiving and four kick return touchdowns.
When Tuitt signs, the former Notre Dame defensive lineman's contract is projected to be worth $4.4 million.