A week after most teams began signing their draft choices, the Steelers jumped into the pool and signed the final two of their nine draft picks.
More rookie signings will come this week and next, but the Steelers’ top three picks will have to wait until June 2, when the team gets $8 million of salary cap relief from the release of linebacker LaMarr Woodley.
Tennessee nose tackle Daniel McCullers, the second of two sixth-round draft picks, and Massachusetts tight end Rob Blanchflower, their seventh-round choice, came to terms Monday.
All draft choices sign four-year contracts, per collective bargaining agreement rules. First-round picks also carry a fifth-year option which the team must pick up by May 3 of the contract’s fourth year.
As with all but generally the first few picks, each rookie receives minimum salaries for each of the four years, plus a signing bonus, which is reduced the later the player is chosen in the draft.
Thus, the annual salaries for McCullers and Blanchflower are $420,000 this year, $510,000 in 2015, $600,000 in 2016 and $690,000 in 2017.