The new Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) between the NFL and NFLPA has really turned rookie contracts into just another thing. While rookies used to hold out for huge contracts, they are now slotted according to round drafted, and have set salaries accordingly.
The only thing which is negotiable anymore is a signing bonus, and even those normally don’t take long to get taken care of.
With that said, the Pittsburgh Steelers now have all 8 of their rookies from the 2017 NFL Draft under contract heading into training camp on July 27th.
We have signed our first-round pick, LB T.J. Watt.— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) June 14, 2017
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This signing, combined with the signing of cornerback Cameron Sutton on Tuesday, marks the end of the rookie deals which need to be done.
The Steelers have one day of minicamp left on Thursday before players all take one final vacation before reporting to Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, PA for training camp at the end of July.