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