Steelers Sign First Round Pick Ryan Shazier To Four-Year Deal

Discussion in 'Pittsburgh Steelers' started by 86WARD, Jun 8, 2014.

  1. 86WARD

    86WARD -

    Before this week, the Steelers were working their way up from the bottom of their draft, signing rookies in the reverse order they selected them last month.

    Then came the LaMarr Woodley windfall, and Thursday they went right to the top to sign linebacker Ryan Shazier, their first-rounder, to a four-year contract worth $9.5 million.

    Woodley was released in March with a June designation, which meant the savings on his $8 million salary for 2014 would not come until June 2. Because another player’s salary had to replace his on the top 51 that counts in the offseason, the Steelers received about $7.5 million more in salary cap space.

    They used some of that to sign Shazier, as more than half of his contract comes in a signing bonus of $5.23 million with nearly all of it, $9 million, guaranteed against injury.

    All drafted rookies are required to sign four-year contracts with the exception of first-rounders, who are subject to a fifth-year club option.

  2. 86WARD

    86WARD -

    Shazaam looked NASTY GOOD last night in his first appearance in real game action. Dude got skills and speed.