Steelers Sign David DeCastro

The 2012 draft class of the Pittsburgh Steelers is now all under contract as Bob Labriola reports via Twitter that first round draft pick, guard David DeCastro, has come to terms on a four-year contract that is estimated to be worth just under $8 million.

The Detroit Lions signing of their first round draft pick, tackle Riley Reiff, earlier in the day, effectively boxed DeCastro in and his signing was pretty much eminent at that point. The hold up in getting DeCastro signed this entire time was likely due to negotiations over how much of the fourth and final year of the deal would be guaranteed.

New England Patriots linebacker Dont\’a Hightower, who was selected one pick after DeCastro this past April, reportedly did not receive any portion of his fourth and final year guaranteed when he signed late last week and it is believed the same went for Reiff, who was selected one pick ahead of DeCastro.

The four year deal with DeCastro, like all the other first round selections, comes with a club fifth year option. DeCastro is expected to compete to be the starting right guard for the Steelers when training camp gets underway later this week.

We will have a full breakdown of the DeCastro contract later on today for you.

  • Maureen A Gomes

    Yay! Finally! Can’t wait until Wednesday!

  • John Hinton

    Great news! Now we need to get the long-term deal done with Wallace…I’m hoping by midnight tomorrow so the team can truly focus on another SB run for 2012! #SteelerNation

  • TJimmy

    Last year’s losses had a lot to do with poor O-Line play, causing sacks, sack/fumbles, interceptions by a hurt, hurried or harassed Ben Roethlisberger.

    Ben has yet to reach his potential, in part because of this recurring problem every year.

    Hopefully with the “3 dogs in the middle” to quote Colon, along with Starks/Adams and an improving Gilbert on the outside, and an even better receiving corp, Ben can really reach his potential as a quarterback.