Steelers Sign Sixth-Round Draft Pick WR Justin Brown On Thursday

Earlier on Thursday, it was announce by the Pittsburgh Steelers that they had signed draft picks Markus Wheaton and Terry Hawthorne to their rookie deals and now comes word that wide receiver Justin Brown has also signed his rookie contract.

Brown, the Steelers first of two sixth round picks last month, recorded 73 catches for 879 yards and five touchdowns last season at Oklahoma after transferring there from Penn State where he played the previous three seasons. Brown left Penn State following the Jerry Sandusky scandal and the move to a more wide-open offense certainly helped him.

The six foot, three inch wide receiver isn\’t a burner and has an uphill battle ahead of him as it relates to making the 53 man roster as the Steelers are more than likely only going to keep five wide receivers out of training camp. In reality, Brown will most likely be a candidate for the practice squad.

The terms of the four-year deal haven\’t been announced, but Brown\’s contract is expected to total out at about $2.265 million and include a a signing bonus of around $105,000. The four year base salaries that Brown will earn will be $405,000, $495,000, $585,000 and $675,000.

The Steelers now have five of their nine draft picks under contract, so that leaves only linebacker Jarvis Jones, running back Le\’Veon Bell, quarterback Landry Jones and defensive end Nick Williams as the only unsigned draft picks at this point.

  • steeltown

    So much competition at the position, its kind of hard to see him making the roster

  • A lot of us thought it would take an act of God for the Steelers to draft a QB in the 4th round so if Brown does indeed end up making the 53, it would not shock me….he certainly will at least make the PS.

  • hergieburbur

    PS? Yes. It would be surprising to say the least if he made the active roster. But then, picking a QB in the 4-5 range didn’t surprise me.

  • dgh57

    J. Brown must of been doing something right at OU to get 73 catches(that’s a lot of catches in the NFL where you play more games) for 879 yds! He also has size working for him. Therefore, I’ll put on hold until after I see him play as too rather I think he’ll make the team or not.

  • Interesting.

  • Agreed.

  • dave

    Definitely can’t see both him and Plax making the final 53

  • hergieburbur

    I didn’t necessarily expect Jones by any means. but I did think this was the year they would take a long look at the QB position. This was a fairly deep QB class with no real standouts at the top. Players tend to fall when that happens. The Steelers love taking guys at those positions.

  • Tom

    Please excuse my ignorance…..but how are the Steelers getting all of these guys signed this early?

    I thought they were going to have to wait until after June 1st, to use the 5.5 million in cap space, freed up by releasing Colon?

  • Jason White

    The things Justin Brown has over Plax is his age, ability to play special teams, and the fact that the Steelers as of now have A. Brown, Sanders, Cotchery and Wheaton who figure to be 1-4 in some order so at best provided Cotchery doesn’t get cut for cap purposes J. Brown would likely only have to be a special teams ace and 5th WR. Do we really need a 35 year old number 5 WR who doesn’t play special teams?

  • Johnny Loose

    Plaxico will make the roster. And yes, we need him. There are PLENTY of other positions with players who can play special teams

  • steeltown

    I honestly was thinking 6th Rd.. maybe Dysert, but I think they were really surprised to see Landry fall that far. I like the pick
    …anything but another Leftwich season

  • steeltown

    Displacement (Rule of 51)

  • Jason White

    Yes but Justin Brown will be tied to the team for a minimum of 4 years should they choose to keep him. Burress is on the back end of his career and might I add is only tied to them for a year. You could try to sneak Justin Brown onto the practice squad to further develope, but a WR needy team might snatch him up and you will have wasted a draft pick for a guy who likely would be playing only one year for you. Yes Brown has to really earn that spot but he is indeed battling Burress among others. A. Brown, Sanders and Wheaton are really the only locks to make the roster at the receiver position as I believe Cotchery still could be a possibility to be cut. I do expect Cotchery to make the 53 man roster though.