Steelers Sign Third-Round Draft Pick WR Markus Wheaton On Thursday

The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Thursday that they have signed yet another one of their nine draft picks as wide receiver Markus Wheaton has also come to terms on his four year rookie deal.

Wheaton was drafted in the third-round of the 2013 NFL draft out of Oregon State where he registered 227 catches for 2,994 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns in 49 games played.

The terms of the rookie deal haven\’t been announced, but Wheaton\’s contract is expected to total out at about $2.811 million and include a a signing bonus of around $591,000. The four year base salaries that Wheaton will earn will be $405,000, $515,000, $605,000 and $695,000.

The Steelers have now signed four of their nine draft picks as cornerback Terry Hawthorne, safety Shamarko Thomas and linebacker Vince Williams have all agreed to terms over the course of the last two weeks.

  • Kolie Oak

    Im the first to say…
    Congrats Marcus!!!!!
    You will fill those shoes just fine!!!!!!!!!

  • steeltown

    One of my favorite picks.. and one of my sleepers going into draft weekend. His size hurt him overall, but he was tops in the 20yd shuttle, 60yd shuttle and bench press which translates to great speed and short area quickness and above avg strength for his size… as Haley said, glad he didn’t run a high 4.3 or he would’ve went in the 2nd Rd

  • Nolrog

    What’s the impact after displacement?

  • dennisdoubleday

    Where are they getting the cap space for all the signings? I thought they only had less than $300K until June 1?

  • NW86

    I believe the 51st guy on the roster was about $480K, and his cap hit would be just under $580K for this year. So, the cap goes up by about $100K.

  • NW86

    See above. Don’t forget, only the top 51 players count at this point in the offseason.

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  • Mike.H

    Don’t want to jinx Wheaton, but eventually not long into the future, Wheaton will closely match Mike Wallace’s in yardage production — it’s just that not in the 65-80 yd chunks per catch stats.

  • charles

    Saw only a couple of plays over at BTSC on Wheaton. Speed as Wallace but also hands eerily like Wallace. He doesn’t look like he can be valuable inside or across the middle. To Wallace’ credit though, he caught a Jerry Rice type quick slant and turned it into 6 last year. Maybe Wheaton can get a few opportunities like that.

  • Nolrog

    Cool, thanks.