Football Steelers lock up rookies: Hills, Dixon and Davis


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The Steelers came to terms with three of their seven draft picks Monday, signing fourth-round selection Tony Hills, an offensive tackle from Texas, and reaching agreements with fifth-round choice Dennis Dixon, a quarterback from Oregon, and third-rounder Bruce Davis, a defensive end at UCLA who will be converted to outside linebacker.

Davis, 6-foot-3, 252 pounds, agreed last night to a three-year deal that includes a $506,000 signing bonus. Earlier in the day, Hills (6-5, 304) received a signing bonus of $304,500. Dixon (6-3, 195) agreed to a $130,000 signing bonus.

All three players will have NFL base minimum salaries of $295,000 in 2008, $385,000 in 2009 and $470,000 in 2010.

Davis was the 88th player taken overall in the NFL Draft in April. Hills was the 130th overall selection, and Dixon was taken at 156. The Steelers have yet to come to terms with No. 1 pick Rashard Mendenhall (running back, Illinois), No. 2 pick Limas Sweed (wide receiver, Texas), No. 6a pick Mike Humpal (linebacker, Iowa) and No. 6b pick Ryan Mundy (safety, West Virginia).

Good job by the Steelers getting these guys all signed. Now lets see how big the contracts will be for Mendenhall and Sweed.