The Steelers announced they signed first-round pick linebacker Ryan Shazier to a four-year contract Thursday. Terms of the deal were not immediately released.
From the team:
Shazier (6-1, 237) played in 39 games, starting the final 29 contests at weak-side outside linebacker at Ohio State. He recorded 316 tackles, 14.0 sacks, 44.5 TFLs, nine quarterback pressures and forced nine fumbles in his collegiate career. In 2013, Shazier was named first-team All-American by The NFL Draft Report, the Associated Press, ESPN, Sports Illustrated and the USA Today. He added All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors and was twice named the Lott IMPACT Trophy national player of the week, along with tying a Big Ten record with three conference defensive player of the week honors.
According to Over The Cap, Shazier's total value on his four-year deal is around $9,507,108 with a $5,234,328 signing bonus.
Shazier was the second linebacker the team has taken with the 15th overall pick in the NFL Draft. They selected Lawrence Timmons at 15 in 2007. The pair are expected to start as the Steelers' inside linebackers in 2014.
The Steelers have signed their first round pick (Shazier), two fifth-round picks (Wesley Johnson and Shaq Richardson), two sixth-round picks (Jordan Zumwalt and Daniel McCullers) and seventh round pick (Rob Blanchflower). The remaining three picks - second-round defensive end Stephon Tuitt, third-round wide receiver Dri Archer and fourth-round WR Martavis Bryant - should be signed shortly.