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Steelers agree to terms on rookie contract with Joey Porter Jr.

The Pittsburgh Steelers finished off signing their 2023 rookie class as Joey Porter Jr. has signed his four-year deal ahead of training camp. This per Mark Kaboly of The Athletic:

The first pick in the second round at the 32nd selection of the 2023 NFL draft, Joey Porter played four seasons at Penn State in which he appeared in 34 games. For his career, Porter had 113 tackles, 1.0 sacks, one interception, and 20 passes defensed. In 10 games in his senior season, Porter had 27 tackles and 11 passes defensed as well as a fumble recovery.

According to, Porter‘s estimated salary cap hit for 2023 is $1,748,790. After roster displacement, Porter will cost just over $800k against the current salary cap.

Porter was an unusual circumstance where he was the 32nd overall pick but it occurred in the second round of the NFL draft. Since the NFL implemented the rookie wage scale in 2011, this is only the second time the 32nd pick was in Round 2. In 2016, the New England Patriots forfeited their first-round pick leaving only 31 selections where the Browns selected Emmanuel Ogbah at the 32nd pick. But the contract was not a sticking point as Ogbah signed his deal before the end of May in 2016. In both cases, neither player had a fifth-year option because it is based off the round the player was selected and not the overall selection.

Now that the Steelers have all of their 2023 draft class under contract and an extension for Alex Highsmith already complete, there shouldn’t be any business looming over training camp in regards to players.

Stay tuned to the Steel Curtain Network for continued coverage of the Pittsburgh Steelers throughout 2023 training camp.


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