Steelers Enter 2017 Mandatory Minicamp Week With Two Draft Picks Still Unsigned

The Pittsburgh Steelers annual mandatory minicamp will take place next week and as things stand right now, that event will get underway with the team still needing to sign two of their eight draft picks.

Currently, the Steelers have yet to sign their first-round selection, outside linebacker T.J. Watt, and their first of two third round selections, cornerback Cameron Sutton.

According to NFL.com’s 2017 NFL Draft signing tracker, Watt is currently one of 11 players who were selected in this year’s first-round that remain unsigned. It’s worth noting, however, that the player who was selected after Watt was, linebacker Reuben Foster, signed his rookie contract with the San Francisco 49ers a few days ago. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Foster’s four-year deal includes a $4.7 million signing bonus and guarantees into the fourth year of the contract.

The player selected this year before Watt, tight end David Njoku, has yet to sign with the Cleveland Browns, however. The holdup with Watt is likely related to offset and guaranteed money payout language and the same probably goes for Sutton as well. In case you’re curious, the players selected before and after Sutton, defensive tackle Montravius Adams and safety Delano Hill, have yet to sign their rookie deals with the Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks, respectively.

Recently, former NFL agent and current CBSSports.com contributor Joel Corry wrote about how the rookie wage scale works in addition to offset hurdles. In short, it’s likely only a matter of time before the Steelers have both Watt and Sutton under contract and such transactions should take place long before the team reports to Latrobe for training camp.

  • Michael Mosgrove

    they need to sign their fecking papers.

  • Joeybaggadonuts

    If there was a drawback to having an older brother in the league, this would be it. JJ knows the game within the game. I don’t foresee any problems though.

  • SoCal Steeler

    Yeah, ever since they implemented the rookie wage scale this hasn’t been a big deal. They can fight for a little more bonus money and guaranteed money but they can only get so much.
    They will both be signed soon.

  • Steve Johnson

    One of the best things the NFL has ever done was to create the Rookie Pay Scale. No way should those rookies come I’m and make more money than a proven Veteran. I still think 1st Rd Draft Picks (1-15) shouldn’t be awarded those huge Bonuses. Instead, the Bonuses should be paid out as incentives provided that they see the field and contribute.