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Steelers sign Roman Wilson and Ryan Watts to rookie contracts

The Pittsburgh Steelers have started their 2024 Rookie Minicamp, and that means it’s the first time they’ve had the full seven player draft group in Pittsburgh at the same time. That means there is a good chance the Steelers start wrapping up their draft picks and getting them under contract.

The Steelers signed their third draft pick Saturday when they came to terms on an entry level contract with wide receiver Roman Wilson.

Shortly after the news of Wilson’s deal became public, so did the signing of 6th Round defensive back Ryan Watts:

For salary cap hits, they are as follows:

Roman Wilson: $1,044,576
Ryan Watts: $840,671

There was once a time when the NFL had to struggle to get their rookies under contract. Players would hold out for the most money possible, but since the league has shifted, in accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA), to slotted draft contracts the signing of rookies has become nothing more than a formality.

Logan Lee and Mason McCormick were signed Friday, and now Roman Wilson and Ryan Watts are under contract for the next four seasons, and will hopefully become mainstays with the black-and-gold for years to come. With Lee, McCormick, Watts and Wilson being the first rookies to sign, the following rookies still remain unsigned as the team prepares for Day 2 of rookie minicamp

Round 1: Troy Fautanu
Round 2: Zach Frazier
Round 3: Payton Wilson

Be sure to stay tuned to SCN for the latest news and notes surrounding the Steelers as they continue on throughout the offseason.


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