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Pittsburgh Steelers Sign Two Draft Picks to Four-Year Contracts

May 19th, 2014 at 9:30 PM
By Mark Mihalko

On the day that the Pittsburgh Steelers announced that the team will add 3,000 seats to Heinz Field for the 2015 season, they were also busy signing two of their nine draft choices. During the announcement, team president Art Rooney II announced that no tax money will be used in the process and a $1 surcharge will be added to existing tickets. With the additional seats, Heinz Field will expand to a capacity of 68,050.

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The Steelers also announced the signings of sixth round selection nose tackle Daniel McCullers and seventh round selection tight end Rob Blanchflower to four-year contracts. While both players will have competition to make the opening day roster, both have a chance to stick.

McCullers will enter camp battling Hebron Fangupo for the primary back up to Steve McLendon in the center of the defense. The 6-7, 350-pound defensive lineman looks the part of a two-down run stuffer and has surprising athleticism for a man his size.

Blanchflower will have a tougher road battling David Paulson and Michael Palmer for the third tight end position behind Heath Miller and Matt Spaeth. The 6-4, 256-pound prospect from UMASS has a versatile skill set that should be appealing to the Steelers with experience as an in-line blocker and receiver (109-1164-9). If he can make an impact on special teams, he should have solid chance to stick.


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Tags: Daniel McCullers, Football, Heinz Field, NFL, Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Steelers, Rob Blanchflower

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