Dri Archer pulls in a pass during a rookie camp in May.
By Ray Fittipaldo / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Steelers signed third-round pick Dri Archer this morning, leaving second-round selection Stephon Tuitt as the only unsigned rookie as the team heads to mini-camp next week.
The contract will pay Archer, a running back, receiver and return specialist, $2.7 million over four seasons.
In four seasons at Kent State, Archer rushed for 2,342 yards and 24 touchdowns and had 99 receptions for 1,194 yards. He also had four touchdowns on special teams.
Tuitt, a defensive lineman from Notre Dame, can expect to make $4.6 million over four years, according to the NFL rookie salary scale. All rookies, except first-round picks, sign four-year deals. Teams have club options on first-round picks for a fifth season.
Under the collective bargaining agreement reached between the NFL and the NFLPA in 2011 rookie wages are largely predetermined.
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