In a matter of hours after the conclusion of the 2020 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers announced they had agreed to terms with 10 undrafted rookie free agents. In a time when signing contracts has become much more complex than before, the Steelers managed to get all 10 players under contract in less than a week.
When it comes to undrafted rookie free agents, they are free to sign with any team after the conclusion of the draft. With many NFL hopefuls just looking for a team to give them a chance since they were not selected in the draft, contract negotiations are minimal. But until a player signs on the dotted line, technically they are fair game to join any NFL franchise even after agreeing to terms with another squad. But if a player wants to sniff around after agreeing with one team, there is a good chance they could end up with no deal from anyone. With that said, it is in the best interest s of both sides to get the contract signed as quickly as possible.
With none of the Steelers new UFA’s expected to have a contract more than the minimum, there is no salary cap implication as none of these players would move into the top 51 salaries on the team.
The focus on contracts now turns to the Steelers draft choices. With the length and amount of each contract pretty much locked in due to the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the only negotiations which will really come into play for rookies are the structure of the contract and any signing bonus.
The complete list of rookie undrafted free agents and when the Steelers officially signed them can be seen below.
We have signed LB Leo Lewis and DB James Pierre.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 28, 2020
We have signed DB Trajan Bandy and LB John Houston.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 28, 2020
We have signed DE Calvin Taylor and P Corliss Waitman.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 28, 2020
We've signed DT Josiah Coatney.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 30, 2020
We have signed FB Spencer Nigh.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 30, 2020
We've signed C Christian Montano.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) April 30, 2020
We have signed DE James Lockhart.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) May 1, 2020