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Steelers ink third-round linebacker Sean Spence

Sean Spence, Keith Butler AP

The Steelers previously had signed seven of their nine 2012 draft picks.  No. 8 is now under contract.

Per a league source, the Steelers have agreed to terms with former Miami linebacker Sean Spence.

A third-round pick and the 87th overall selection in the draft, Spence will likely earn dollars in the range of $2.67 million during the four years of his deal.  His signing bonus likely will be in the range of $545,000.

The rookie has some big shoes to fill; the team has issued Spence No. 51, most recently worn by James Farrior.

“I’m happy to have it but I think if they would have drafted another linebacker they would have got the same number,” Spence recently said.  “Luckily they drafted me.”

Spence is undersized at 5’11″ and 230 pounds.  But the Steelers, who know a thing or two about linebackers, see something special in him.

“Hey, I’ve never been the biggest guy in the room,” Spence said. “I never let that bother me and I’m not going to let it happen now.”

With Farrior gone and guys like James Harrison and Larry Foote getting older, Spence is part of the future at the position.  The Steelers wouldn’t have picked him if they didn’t believe he could fill the role.

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6 Responses to “Steelers ink third-round linebacker Sean Spence”
  1. steelymcbeam6 says: May 29, 2012 2:44 PM

    If he can be even half the player Farrior was then I’d consider us in good shape.

  2. Steeley McBeam says: May 29, 2012 2:46 PM

    Like with most Steeler draft picks that they know nothing about, fans of the other 31 teams will be screaming bust. Until 3 years from now when Sean Spence is the Troy Polamalu of the LB position.

    Dude is fast, smart and most importantly a good tackler who can wrap up while running at full speed. Gonna be fun to watch LeBeau let this guy fly around the field.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 29, 2012 2:55 PM

    I see the Steelers still haven’t retired Rian Wallace’s old number.

  4. roygerela says: May 29, 2012 7:54 PM

    This pick has really grown on me.

    He should see some snaps initially in nickle and wreak havoc like Troy in the future. The kids tape is unreal.

  5. franklamar17 says: May 29, 2012 8:52 PM

    This guy will be the steal of the entire draft…

  6. mostlombardisintheleague says: May 30, 2012 10:09 AM

    Can’t wait to see him run down and gun down Ray Rice and A.J. Green

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