Mike Tomlin gave his team the day off from practice today, but Steelers negotiator Omar Khan pulled up his sleeves and went to work, signing three draft picks, including the team's top two.
Linebacker Jarvis Jones and halfback Le'Veon Bell each signed four-year contracts, the team announced. Jones, who will receive $8.5 million including a $4.7 million signing bonus, has a fifth year club option on the contract.
Also, seventh-round pick Nicholas Williams, a defensive end from Samford, came to terms on a four-year deal.
Jones, the 17th player taken in the draft from Georgia, plays outside linebacker. Bell, their second-round draft pick, played at Michigan State, where he rushed for 3,346 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career. His 1,743 yards last season led the Big Ten.
The Steelers have come to terms with eight of their nine draft picks. Only quarterback Landry Jones, a fourth-round choice, remains unsigned.
The team also signed rookie tight end Peter Tuitupou and placed tight end Zack Pianalto on the waived/injured list. Tuitupou went undrafted in April.
First Published June 3, 2013 7:45 PM