Steelers sign 2 draft picks to 4-year deals


Wed, 09 May 2012 17:23:06
by SCOTT BROWN




A busy weekend ended with the Steelers taking care of some business off the field.
The team signed nose tackle Alameda Ta’amu and running back Chris Rainey to four-year contracts Sunday, locking up two of their nine picks from the NFL Draft.
A cap on rookie contracts has made it easier for teams to sign their new players. The Steelers were allotted just over $ 28 million to spend on their draft picks over the life of the deals, and they shouldn’t have a problem getting all of those players under contract before the start of training camp.
Ta’amu, a fourth-round pick out of Washington, and Rainey, a fifth-rounder from Florida, were among players who participated in rookie minicamp over the weekend.
Ta’amu is a potential long-term successor to Casey Hampton, who is in the final year of his contract and his recovering from offseason knee surgery. Rainey could give the Steelers a big-play threat at several positions, and he may get first crack to take over for Antonio Brown as the team’...

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