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2021 NFL Draft

Steelers 4th-Round Pick Buddy Johnson Officially Signs Rookie Deal



Steelers draft pick Buddy Johnson officially joined the team and signed his rookie contract, the team announced on Tuesday.

Johnson, who was selected with the No. 140 overall pick with the Steelers’ second of two fourth-round selections, is a 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker from Texas A&M.

According to projections from Spotrac, Johnson’s contract is estimated to be worth a total of just under $4 million, with a signing bonus just under $500,000.

Johnson was the second of the Steelers’ two fourth-round selections, along with tackle Dan Moore, Jr. at pick No. 128. Moore, who also played at Texas A&M, also signed with the team on Tuesday.

With the Aggies, Johnson recorded 210 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries in 47 career games. He led the Aggies in tackles each of the past two seasons, and was a Butkus Award semifinalist in 2020.

Johnson is the sixth Steelers draft pick to sign, joining Moore, fifth-round defensive end Isaiahh Loudermilk, sixth-round outside linebacker Quincy Roche, seventh-round defensive back Tre Norwood and seventh-round punter Pressley Harvin III. First-round running back Najee Harris, second-round tight Pat Freiermuth and third-round center Kendrick Green have yet to sign with the team.

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