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Steelers sign first-round pick Dupree

Guy Wathen | Tribune-Review
Steelers' first-round draft pick, Kentucky outside linebacker Alvin 'Bud' Dupree, receives a jersey from team president Art Rooney II on the South Side on Friday, May 1, 2015.
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Steelers fifth-round pick Jesse James works out during rookie minicamp Friday, May 8, 2015 at Steelers facility on the South Side.
Guy Wathen | Trib Total Media
Steelers first-round pick Bud Dupree is introduced Friday, May 1, 2015, on the South Side.

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 12 sacks in 38 career starts including 7 12 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.

Mark Kaboly is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach him at or via Twitter @MarkKaboly_Trib

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