TribLIVE

| Sports


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

Steelers sign speedy third-rounder Archer

Steelers/NFL Videos

By Alan Robinson
Friday, June 13, 2014, 2:00 p.m.
 

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.

Alan Robinson is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at arobinson@tribweb.com or via Twitter @arobinson_Trib.

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Steelers

  1. For Steelers, a fight to finish for playoff berth
  2. Play of nose tackles could have impact on Steelers’ stretch run
  3. Rossi: As Blount walked, Porter called
  4. Steelers’ Wheaton embraces expanding role
  5. Lack of experienced backup means more work for Steelers RB Bell
  6. Cut by Steelers, LeGarrette Blount joins Patriots
  7. Steelers notebook: Gay, secondary brace for Saints QB Brees
  8. Steelers cut ties with running back Blount after incident in Tennessee
  9. Steelers’ Mitchell banned from social media
  10. Steelers notebook: Heinz Field not in play for Bills-Jets
  11. Steelers rally past Titans for key win
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.