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Steelers sign Dupree, James to rookie deals


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Outside linebacker Bud Dupree signed a four-year contract with the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday.

The first-round pick was drafted 22nd overall and his four-year, $9.2 million deal includes $5 million guaranteed and a fifth-year team option.

Dupree was one of the top four edge rushers in the 2015 draft, according to The Kentucky product was projected as a possible top 10 pick. General manager Kevin Colbert said the Steelers had great fortune finding Dupree available with 11 picks remaining in the first round.

Tight end Jesse James, a fifth-round pick, signed a four-year deal with the Steelers on Thursday.

James was the 160th overall pick. The Penn State product had 78 receptions for 1,005 yards with 11 touchdowns in his Nittany Lion career. James’ 11 scores set a Penn State record among tight ends.

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