The Pittsburgh Steelers officially announced the signing of two more members of their 2019 draft class on Thursday afternoon, confirming four-year deals with tight end Zach Gentry and linebacker Ulysees Gilbert III via social media.
We have signed fifth-round pick Zach Gentry to a four-year deal.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/05mgmW1Kc5 pic.twitter.com/084EMxXOUy— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 9, 2019
We have signed sixth-round pick Ulysees Gilbert to a four-year contract.@BordasLaw TRANSACTION: https://t.co/NdluZRUMZD pic.twitter.com/OR5eTkC5de— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 9, 2019
These signings follow agreements made with third-round draft pick Diontae Johnson, fourth-round selection Benny Snell Jr. and seventh-round pick Derwin Gray announced on Wednesday, 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 revealed, 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 Gentry close to $2.85 million over the length of the contract and include a signing bonus worth in the region of $340,000.
Gilbert is projected to receive a contract worth around $2.6 million, one that will come with a signing bonus worth just over $125,000.
With rookie minicamp set to start on Friday, the Steelers now have seven of their nine draft picks under contract and it should be expected that an agreement with third-round selection Justin Layne will be confirmed in the coming days as well.
A deal with linebacker Devin Bush is likely to take a little longer to negotiate, with agreements over the guaranteed portions of the contract and offset language often taking longer to work out. 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 — Signed 4-year contract
6 — Sutton Smith — Signed 4-year contract
6 — Isaiah Buggs — Signed 4-year contract
6 — Ulysees Gilbert III — Signed 4-year contract
7 — Derwin Gray — Signed 4-year contract