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Steelers announce signing of rookie OL Derwin Gray to 4-year contract

The Steelers have now signed more than half of their 2019 draft class with the start of rookie minicamp less than 24 hours away

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The Pittsburgh Steelers officially announced the signing of a fifth member of their 2019 draft class on Wednesday afternoon, confirming a four-year deal with former Maryland offensive lineman Derwin Gray via social media.

This signing follows agreements made with third-round draft pick Diontae Johnson and fourth-round selection Benny Snell Jr. announced earlier in the day, and deals signed by sixth-round picks Sutton Smith and Isaiah Buggs on Tuesday.

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 ahead of the draft. A deal that would pay Gray close to $2.6 million over the length of the contract and include a signing bonus worth in the region of $105,000.

It should be expected that contracts with Justin Layne, Zach Gentry and Ulysees Gilbert should also be agreed in the coming days. Negotiations with Devin Bush may take a bit longer as both the Steelers and the player’s agent wait to see the sort of deal given out to other players around the top end of the draft.

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 — Signed 4-year contract