Steelers sign Ryan Shazier

AP

Four weeks after the Steelers made Ohio State linebacker Ryan Shazier the 15th overall pick in the draft, Shazier officially has become a member of the team.

The Steelers have announced that Shazier has signed a four-year contract.

The former Buckeye becomes the sixth of nine Pittsburgh draft picks to ink a rookie deal.  He’s also the 17th of 32 first-round picks to agree to terms.

He’ll receive a signing bonus in the range of $5 million, part of a fully-guaranteed payout of roughly $9 million.

With blazing speed and versatility to play any of the four linebacker positions in the Steelers’ 3-4 defense, he could make an immediate impact for a team that definitely needs one.