The Steelers signed first-round draft pick Devin Bush on Sunday at the close of the team’s three-day rookie minicamp.
Bush, who the Steelers traded up to the No. 10 spot in the draft to select, signed a four-year contract worth a fully guaranteed $18.9 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The four-year total is $18,871,768 — all of it guaranteed. https://t.co/uCJ5sZCsi8
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 12, 2019
The Steelers will hold a fifth-year option for Bush, which the team must choose to exercise after his third season.
The former Michigan linebacker was rated as the consensus No. 2 inside linebacker in the class coming into the 2019 NFL Draft. After LSU’s Devin White went to Tampa Bay with the No. 5 pick, the Steelers pulled the trigger on a trade with Denver that sent the No. 20 overall pick in the first round along with the Steelers’ second-round pick and 2020 third-round pick to the Broncos.
At Michigan, Bush played 39 games and made 194 tackles, 20 for a loss, 10 sacks, defended 17 passes and had one interception.
Bush and the rest of the team’s rookies just finished participating in the Steelers three-day rookie minicamp at UPMC Rooney Sports Complex on the South Side, and said on Friday that he’s fit right in to his new team.
“I’m a part of the Steelers organization,” Bush said. “I’m a Steeler. I’m very grateful to be in this position right now.”
The Steelers have now signed eight of their nine picks from last month’s draft, with just third-round cornerback Justin Layne from Michigan State yet to sign.
Mic Drop: Adam Zielonka of Washington Times on McFarland, Brooks
Instead of trading for a proven running back like Leonard Fournette, the Steelers simply drafted a rookie with their 4th round pick. That rookie is Anthony McFarland out of the University of Maryland. To fully explain what McFarland brings to the table, Mike Asti was joined by Adam Zielonka, who is a sports reporter for the Washington Times. Zielonka also touched Antoine Brooks, the other Maryland product drafted by the Steelers.
Colbert Explains Why He Wanted Three Rounds Added to 2020 Draft
Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert is offering an explanation as to why he wanted three rounds added to the 2020 NFL Draft.
Speaking with NBC Sport’s Mike Florio on the PFT PM podcast Tuesday, Colbert took the opportunity to clarify his suggestion.
“The reasoning was, part of it was selfish,” Colbert said. “You wanted to have a safety net because we’re dealing with less information, and the more picks you have, maybe you’ll have a little bit of a safety net again.”
With the league’s self-implemented travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs were unable to conduct their normal scouting activities prior to the Draft. This included Pro Days, private workouts and in-person interviews.
Less opportunities to watch and speak with prospects results in a larger margin for error.
Colbert went on to say that it also would have benefited some of the fringe prospects in the Draft that never had the chance to showcase themselves at a Pro Day or other setting.
“The other thing was it would give the marginal player that didn’t get his opportunity to go to a Pro Day and to perform. Maybe there will be more players drafted and then those players will then again have the chance they might not get.”
Now without rookie minicamps, the challenges are mounting for clubs and NFL hopefuls.
“Every year a team might stumble upon a tryout player,” Colbert said. “Maybe if we ever get on the field, we can think of a way to help those because there’s a big group of players that aren’t getting opportunities because of the situation.”
Colbert reminded Florio that the Steelers discovered Devlin “Duck” Hodges as a tryout in camp last year.
It is unclear when teams will be allowed to return to the practice field for their offseason programs, with clubs currently conducting theirs entirely from home.
Mic Drop: NFL Draft Recap Show
It was eat, sleep, draft coverage, repeat for Mike Asti and the Steelers Now crew this past week. And now that the draft is over, Mike Asti evaluates each pick and gives his thoughts on some moves he says the Steelers should have made.