Nov 23, 2013; Tucson, AZ, USA; Arizona Wildcats cornerback Shaquille Richardson (left) and offensive linebacker Marquis Flowers against the Oregon Ducks at Arizona Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Fifth Round Draft Pick

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The Steelers now have their fifth of nine draft picks signed to a contract. Thursday morning the Steelers announced that they have come to terms on a four-year deal with fifth-round pick CB Shaquille Richardson.

Financial terms of the deal haven’t been disclosed, as has been the case for the previous draft picks that have been signed already. It is worth noting that the Steelers now have five of the nine draft picks under contract before June 1st. Quite possibly a strategic move for them considering that they’ll receive additional cap space on June 1st when LaMarr Woodley’s deal is officially off the books.

Richardson was the 157th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of the University of Arizona. The Steelers surprised many by waiting until the fifth round to address the cornerback position, a need some considered a top priority. Richardson’s college career included 189 tackles, 10 interceptions, 131 interception return yards, and 3 forced fumbles.

The Steelers will now focus on signing their top four draft picks which are Martavis Bryant, Dri Archer, Stephon Tuitt, and Ryan Shazier. I would expect the rest of the signings to be wrapped up next week. The Steelers are currently in their final day of the first session of OTA’s and will break for the weekend before resuming on June 3rd.

 

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  • SDAZT_STEEL

    Count me in as curious as to see what they do w/the Woodley money. Be interested to see what’s left over after Shazier, Tuitt, Archer & Bryant are inked.

    • Craig

      About $1.5-2 million.

      • SDAZT_STEEL

        You think they’ll extend Pouncey or Allen since it doesn’t look like a BB extension is in the cards for a while?

        • Craig

          I really hope they don’t extend Pouncey. I think because of his up and down season last year, they will wait on Allen too. Heyward maybe?

          • SDAZT_STEEL

            Totally agree on the Pouncey front. Always nicked up Velasco & Wallace were more than serviceable last year in his place. Plus, I think Wes Johnson or even Beachum could be future options there.

            Only reason I said Allen is that they are starved for depth, particularly younger guys who can play outside the hashes, at CB. Might be better to ink him at a reduced rate now as opposed to waiting. Injury history is a concern though.