Pat Freiermuth, former Penn State tight end and Steelers second-round draft pick (55th overall), officially signed his rookie contract, the team announced on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-5, 251-pound tight end signed a deal that is estimated to be worth $6 million with a $1.7 million signing bonus, according to Spotrac. The official terms of contract deal were not disclosed.
Freiermuth was a starter for all three years with the Nittany Lions, recording 92 catches for 1,185 yards and 16 touchdowns in 30 games (26 starts). His 16 career touchdowns are the most ever by a Penn State tight end, and his 29 straight games with a reception are also a school record for tight ends. In 2019, Freiermuth was a All-Big Ten first team selection and a second-team All-American. In 2020, he earned All-Big Ten first team honors and became the first Nittany Lion to win Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year.
Freiermuth complemented the organization in a statement to Steelers.com:
“The Steelers are known for that, that grittiness, put your hard hat on and work,” he said. “That is what has made me successful in my career so far. Being part of an organization that prides themselves on that is something I am excited for.”
Freiermuth becomes the eighth Steelers rookie to sign his contract, with just third-round pick Kendrick Green left unsigned after first round pick Najee Harris inked his deal earlier Tuesday.