June 10, 2010, 03:31 PM EST
Thaddeus Gibson gets three-year deal with Steelers
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Pittsburgh Steelers rookie outside linebacker Thaddeus Gibson has agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $1.58 million, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.
That includes a $366,000 signing bonus for the fourth round draft pick from Ohio State.
It's rare for a draft pick to receive a three-year contract nowadays with most teams preferring to negotiate four-year pacts.
Gibson primarily played defensive end at Ohio State, but the 6-foot-2, 243-pounder played linebacker in high school.
Last season, he was named second-team All-Big Ten Conference as he led the Buckeyes with 13 tackles for losses and ranked second on the team with four sacks.
He also forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and intercepted one pass.
The Steelers displayed a lot of interest in Gibson at his Pro Day workout where he ran the 40-yard dash in the low 4.6 range. Steelers vice president of football operations Kevin Colbert and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau attended the workout.
Gibson is looking forward to playing linebacker in the NFL.
"It's truly the position I love the most," Gibson said during the NFL scouting combine. "I'm excited to hear the talk about me going back to linebacker, honestly, but I don't mind playing defensive end, either. I'm just excited about the opportunity and ready to go."
In 2008, Gibson registered five sacks and nine tackles for losses.
For his career, he recorded 10 sacks and 25 tackles for losses.
He decided to leave school after his junior season to help his family with medical expenses when the NFL draft advisory board gave him a second-round grade.