Following on from the signing of fellow rookies Sutton Smith and Isaiah Buggs on Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Steelers inked two more members of their 2019 draft class to contracts on Wednesday, officially announcing four-year deals with wide receiver Diontae Johnson and running back Benny Snell Jr. via social media.
We have signed third-round pick Diontae Johnson to a four-year deal.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/eqS8Y9nWol pic.twitter.com/HcoVstx9nB— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 8, 2019
We have signed fourth-round pick Benny Snell Jr. to a four-year contract. @BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/ZULwxvgua2 pic.twitter.com/s00GTWR66r— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 8, 2019
And while the terms of their deals have yet to be reveled, it should be expected that the numbers will closely match the figures projected by OverTheCap.com ahead of the draft. A deal that would pay Johnson close to $3.65 million over the length of the contract and include a signing bonus worth in the region of $1.1 million.
While Snell is projected to receive a deal worth just over $3.2 million and is expected to see a signing bonus worth around $700,000.
With the possible exception of Devin Bush, it should be expected that the remaining rookie names yet to be signed will comes to terms with the Steelers in the coming few days, given the pace they appear to be working at. And with rookie minicamp set to begin on Friday, it seems likely that most of the draft class will be under contract by then or soon after.
Perhaps the only complication that Pittsburgh will face will come from the contract of Bush, a deal that could require some negotiations over the guaranteed portions of the contract and some of the offset language the Steelers may want to include. Once some of the names at the top end of the draft have agreed to terms, it should give Pittsburgh a framework for their deal with Bush.
2019 NFL Draft Class:
1 — Devin Bush — Unsigned
3 — Diontae Johnson — Signed 4-year contract
3 — Justin Layne — Unsigned
4 — Benny Snell Jr. — Signed 4-year contract
5 — Zach Gentry — Unsigned
6 — Sutton Smith — Signed 4-year contract
6 — Isaiah Buggs — Signed 4-year contract
6 — Ulysees Gilbert III — Unsigned
7 — Derwin Gray — Unsigned