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Steelers sign second-round pick

6/18/2014

PITTSBURGH -- The Steelers signed defensive end Stephon Tuitt to a four-year contract on Tuesday, making the former Notre Dame star the last of their nine draft picks to come to terms with the team.

The Steelers also made a roster move on Tuesday, signing running back Jordan Hall and releasing cornerback Deion Belue.

Hall, who starred at nearby Jeannette High School and was teammates there and at Ohio State with Terrelle Pryor, took part in the Steelers’ rookie minicamp last month on a tryout basis. The 5-9, 191-pounder is 12th on Ohio State’s all-time list with 3,486 all-purpose yards.

Hall also rushed for career 1,568 yards and 14 touchdown at Ohio State.

Tuitt, a second-round pick, is expected to push for significant playing time as a rookie after recording 21.5 career sacks for the Fighting Irish in 35 games.

The 6-5, 303-pounder already has an NFL body and defensive line coach John Mitchell has said Tuitt reminds him of a young Aaron Smith.

Tuitt is wearing the same number (91) that Smith had during a standout career in which he established himself as one of the top 3-4 defensive ends of his generation.

Tuitt agreed to terms a little less than a week after the Steelers signed running back Dri Archer.

Archer, a third-round pick, signed a four-year, $2.748 million contract, according to ESPN Sports & Information.

Archer received a $506,016 signing bonus and his deal counts as a $584,504 cap hit this year.