The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver transformation underway – Behind the Steel Curtain

The Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver transformation underway - Behind the Steel Curtain
Steelers ink first-round LB Bush to contract
Pittsburgh Steelers first-round draft choice in the NFL Draft Devin Bush, right, answers questions beside team president Art Rooney II, left, during a football news conference, Friday, April 26, 2019, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

Former Michigan linebacker Devin Bush has inked a contract that fully guarantees $18,871,768. The four-year deal is the largest ever offered by the Steelers, according to, and multiple outlets have said that it includes a fifth-year option.

Pittsburgh traded up from the No. 20 spot to No. 10 in Aprils Draft with Denver to get Bush, who it believes will be the future of the teams defense.

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They like me enough as a player and as a person to feel comfortable enough to trade up and snag me.

That means the Steelers have signed eight of their nine draft picks. Only their second third-round choice, Michigan State cornerback Justin Layne, remains unsigned.

He is an all situations linebacker. All three-down type of guy, versus the run, versus the pass, be it in coverage or in pressures. Those are just the tangible things.”

The Steelers have gotten their first-round choice under contract, with Michigan linebacker Devin Bush signing his rookie deal, a source tells PFT.

The Steelers signed linebacker Devin Bush to his four-year rookie deal on Sunday, a source told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. Bushs fully guaranteed deal is worth $18,871,768, Rapoport added.

Share Share Steelers top draft pick Devin Bush signs 4-year rookie contract tweet share Reddit Pocket Flipboard Email Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports The Pittsburgh Steelers had been doing their diligence when it comes to signing their nine rookies from the 2019 NFL Draft. Unlike in previous years, the team seemed content on getting all of their new players under contract before the start of their Rookie Minicamp.

Pittsburgh traded up on draft night to select the Michigan linebacker at No. 10, sending its first and second round picks in 2019 and a 2020 third-rounder to the Denver Broncos. The Steelers had not picked higher than No. 10 since choosing Plaxico Burress with the eight overall pick in 2000.

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Since 2017, Bush was just one of three FBS players with 150-plus tackles, 10-plus sacks and 10-plus PBUs.

Denver Broncos defensive lineman Shelby Harris sealed a win for the team in Week 12 last season when he intercepted Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger late in the game. That interception apparently led to a falling out in Pittsburgh’s locker room.

In the Steel City, Bush figures to slide right into the inside linebacker slot that was abruptly vacated two years ago after Ryan Shazier suffered a career-threatening spinal injury. That position was filled last year by Jon Bostic and Vince Williams. But given the draft capital Pittsburgh gave up to acquire him, Bush should be in the starting lineup in Week 1.

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