Shortly after arriving at St. Vincent College, Ziggy Hood and Heath Miller held court for the media to discuss their recently signed contracts.
Hood, a rookie defensive end who was the Steelers’ first-round pick in this year’s draft, agreed to a five-year deal reportedly worth $8.7 million, a $6.1 million signing bonus included.
“I’m ready to go to work,”
said Hood, the fifth straight Steelers’ No. 1 pick to sign before the start of camp. “I would like to thank the Steelers for helping me get this done on time so I don’t have to miss any part of training camp.”
Meanwhile, Miller, a fifth-year tight end, signed a six-year deal worth $35.3 million, a $12.5 million signing bonus included.
“I kind of took the approach that (contract negotiations) were out of my hands,” said Miller, who was going into the last year of his existing contract before signing his new deal. “I wasn’t focused or concerned about it. I was hoping in the back of my mind that it would get done. I’m just fortunate it did get done before the season got started.
“I’m lucky to be here,” added Miller, a first-round pick in the ’05 draft. “I’m lucky to have been drafted here. It’s the best organization in sports. I’m lucky to be here for a few more years.”