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Pat Freiermuth Signs Rookie Contract With Pittsburgh Steelers

Former Penn State football star Pat Freiermuth has signed his NFL rookie contract with the Steelers, the team announced Tuesday afternoon.

While the official terms of the deal weren’t announced, Over the Cap expects it to be a four-year contract worth $6,028,190, which would have an average annual value of $1,507,048.

“I just like to be physical,” Freiermuth said in the release. “If that is blocking the whole game, pass protection the whole game or even running routes and catching the football. I like to do everything physical. I don’t shy away from contact at all. I am not going to be a guy who is going to hurdle someone or juke someone. I am going to be a guy who runs through someone. I am going to try and bring the juice that way and dominate the guy through my physicality.”

The Steelers selected Freiermuth in the second round with the No. 55 overall pick in this year’s draft after his three-year career at Penn State. Earlier this month, the team announced the tight end would wear No. 88 in the NFL after rocking No. 87 in Happy Valley.

With Penn State, Freiermuth totaled 92 receptions worth 1,185 yards and 16 touchdowns. He earned second-team All-Big Ten honors from the conference’s coaches and media his sophomore season, as well as first-team honors from the coaches his junior year. Additionally, he was named the Kwalick-Clark Big Ten Tight End of the Year following his junior season.

As Freiermuth embarks on his NFL career, he’s received no shortage of praise from his former head coach. Just yesterday, James Franklin called Freiermuth the “complete tight end” in a conversation with the Steelers’ media team.

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