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David DeCastro Inks Deal with Pittsburgh Steelers Just In Time for Camp

Two days before the start of training camp, the Pittsburgh Steelers’ first pick of the 2012 NFL Draft was the last rookie to sign his contract. Guard David DeCastro put his name on the dotted line and officially became a Steeler on Monday.

The All-American out of Stanford University received a four-year deal with an option for a fifth year reportedly worth $7.8 million.

Considering the fact that DeCastro couldn’t participate with the team in organized team activities because of the quarter sessions that Stanford has, signing before players have to report to training camp was a great move on his part and the organization’s.

Pittsburgh’s starting offensive line will have a lot of youth. DeCastro and offensive tackle Mike Adams, the second-round pick from this year’s draft, will be penciled in as starter along side second-year offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert and third-year Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey.

The Steelers did sign nine-year veteran offensive tackle Max Starks to a one-year deal, but is still recovering from reconstructive knee surgery, and probably won’t be at full strength until midseason.

This young corps will have the task of protecting quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, who was hobbled by injuries all last season. The o-line allowed 42 sacks and 77 quarterback hits.

Along with pass protection, DeCastro and the rest of the o-line will have to open holes for a running game that will be without its leading rusher from last yea,r Rashard Mendenhall, because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament suffered in the loss to the Denver Broncos in the postseason.

DeCastro was arguably one of the best pulling guards in the nation while at Stanford, and will be a great asset to Pittsburgh’s ground attack, leading the way for newly appointed starting running back Isaac Redman.

The pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together for the Steelers as they approach training camp. However, there is only one more piece that is needed to complete the picture, Mike Wallace.

 

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