Steelers Sign Sixth-Round Draft Pick LB Vince Williams On Monday

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Monday that they have another one of their nine draft picks under contract as sixth-round linebacker Vince Williams has now signed his rookie contract.

Williams,  who was the second of the two players selected by the Steelers in the sixth-round, is out of Florida State and was the 206th overall pick in the draft . He played in 50 college games and made 26 starts in his final two seasons, and recorded 140 tackles, 13.5 TFLs and three sacks.

Financial terms of the four year deal have yet to be announced, but thanks to the slotting system, Williams\’ contract will likely total out at around $2,238,000 and it should include a signing bonus in the neighborhood of $78,000. Williams will have base salaries of $405,000, $495,000, $585,000 and $675,000.

Last week, the Steelers announced the signing of Syracuse safety Shamarko Thomas, who they drafted in the fourth-round.

Williams received praise for the leadership that he exhibited during the Steelers rookie camp from Bob Labriola of and he will look to build on that this week when the first OTA session gets underway Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The Steelers are hoping that Williams can become a three-down linebacker on defense and eventually succeed Larry Foote inside.

  • steeltown

    The first two signings just so happen to be two of my favorite draft selections.

    He’s not the fastest, atleast not in shorts, but in-game with pads he plays very physical and is pretty damn quick to the ball. Plus I like that he has alot of experience under his belt

  • $19122620

    It will all come down to whether or not he can be effective dropping back in coverage. If so, I definitely think he has what it takes to be a three down, long term replacement. I mean he already excels against the run, as a leader, and in football IQ.

  • steeledge

    I really like this pick also, hopefully Spence can return from his knee injury, They are two totally different linebackers. Would be nice to have them both in the mix for future Inside backers.

  • There is usually an understood grace period for Rookie ILBs to learn the coverage schemes so that is not a big deal at the moment. As long as he can be a nice special teams player and lays the wood on run plays in the preseason, he will be part of the 53.

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    Yeah, pretty sure that’s not the defensive staffs number one concern when they get a rookie coming in, haha! Pretty much every LBs role as a rookie has always been getting them going on ST.

    Yeah, I was alluding to William’s long term outlook and potential to be a three down LB in our defensive scheme.

    With that said, I fully expect Williams to make the 53 man roster.

  • Agreed.

  • steeltown

    I think they’ll ask him to lose a few lbs as well, he was over 250lb not that long ago.. that could hopefully add some extra quickness and flexibility