Steelers sign first-round pick Shazier

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers signed another draft pick only this time they went out of sequence.

After signing five picks in the reverse order of where they were drafted the Steelers signed first-rounder Ryan Shazier to a four-year contract.

Shazier is the first player the Steelers have signed since they received more than $8 million in salary-cap savings from releasing outside linebacker LaMarr Woodley in March.

That money became available on Monday, and the Steelers were $8.246 million under the cap, according to ESPN Stats & Information, prior to signing Shazier.

Shazier, the 15th overall pick of the 2014 NFL draft, has been playing with the first-team defense at weakside inside linebacker since the start of offseason practices.

The Steelers have now signed six of their nine draft picks. The only ones who remain unsigned are defensive end Stephon Tuitt (second round), running back Dri Archer (third round) and wide receiver Martavis Bryant (fourth round).