Steelers agree to deal with first member of rookie class, Alex Highsmith

Steelers agree to deal with first member of rookie class, Alex Highsmith
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Since the new collective bargaining agreement in 2011, the signing of rookies to their first NFL contract has become nothing more than a footnote. No longer are rookies holding out for the biggest rookie contract in league history, but each player is given a slotted amount of money based on what round they were selected.

The Steelers were one of the teams who had yet to sign any of their members of the 2020 NFL Draft class, but not anymore. The team agreed to terms with third-round pick Alex Highsmith on a four-year deal, marking the first deal with their new additions.

Highsmith, a former walk-on at Charlotte, became a star in his final season there, recording 15 sacks and 21.5 tackles for a loss. He is expected to compete with Ola Adeniyi and Tuzar Skipper for a role backing up star outside linebackers T.J. Watt and Bud Dupree.

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