Steelers sign first-round pick Dupree
The Steelers on Thursday came to terms with first-round pick Bud Dupree on a four-year deal with a team option for a fifth year.
The NFL’s slotting system places Dupree’s total contract at $9.2 million with a $4.9 million signing bonus.
Dupree, an outside linebacker, was taken with the 22nd overall pick in the draft April 30.
Dupree (6-foot-4, 264 pounds) finished his four years at Kentucky with 23 1⁄2 sacks in 38 career starts including 7 1⁄2 as a senior last year.
Dupree’s sack total is the second-most in Kentucky history. He earned All-SEC honorable mention and ranked in the top-10 in the conference in sacks in each of his final three years.
The Steelers also signed fifth-round pick tight end Jesse James, giving the Steelers six picks under contract within two weeks of the end of the draft.
The only remaining players left unsigned are third-round wide receiver Sammie Coates (Auburn) and seventh-round safety Gerod Holliman (Louisville).
James, a South Allegheny graduate who played at Penn State, signed a four-year deal worth just less than $2.5 million.