Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) rookies signing contracts is a mundane experience. It has become more of a footnote than a headline, but getting players to sign on the dotted line is still news.
With the new CBA, each player is slotted, in terms of pay, based on the round in which they are selected. The only aspect of a rookie’s new contract is their signing bonus. Long gone are the Sam Bradford deals which break the bank, and in its place are deals which teams know exactly how much it will take to sign them.
The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed their first of their seven draft picks by inking RB/FB Jaylen Samuels to his first NFL contract.
Samuels is a do-it-all type player who can line up in a multitude of positions. He can be a traditional running back, a full back, lined up as a tight end and even a wide receiver. In fact, Samuels holds the NC State record for career receptions with 202, and is second with 47 career touchdowns.
While not a huge deal anymore, it is good to know the Steelers are taking care of their business with their new rookie class. Stay tuned to BTSC for the latest news and notes surrounding the black-and-gold.