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Steelers get their 1st round pick, David DeCastro signed to 4 yr. deal

It’s finally official now, all of wondering, waiting, and questioning the reasons why the Steelers 2012 first round pick David DeCastro hadn’t signed yet.Will he be in camp on time, is he thinking of holding out, was the money freed up from releasing Jonathan Scott finally what gave them the breathing room to get the deal done? The answers are Yes, No, and Yes.

According to multiple sources on Twitter, include Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, he’ll be in camp on time this week when the team starts reporting on July 25th.

@EdBouchette: #steelers get 4-year deal done with top pick DeCastro, plus 5th option

The Steelers today came to terms with first-round draft choice David DeCastro on a four-year contract and an option year, the last rookie to sign before they open training camp in Latrobe Wednesday.

The only player still unsigned on the eve of the team reporting to Saint Vincent College is veteran Mike Wallace. He has a one-year contract offer as a restricted free agent he has not yet signed as the sides also try to negotiate a mutliple-year deal.

DeCastro was the 24th player drafted in the first round, a guard who played at Stanford. The Steelers hope he can open the season as their starting right guard.

Full details of the deal were not disclosed at this time yet.

There was never any reason to suspect that DeCastro was going to try and hold out for that dreaded 5th yr. option that has plagued many first round picks this year, or for any other reason. Now that he’s ready to go, he’ll be able to report with the rookies and participate in camp fully, including the annual run test on the first day of camp.

Welcome to Steeler Nation again David, congrats on the new deal.


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