Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports that the Steelers are signing LT Alejandro Villanueva to a new four-year contract on Thursday at the start of training camp.
- Ian Rapoport reports that Villanueva receives a four-year, $24 million contract from the Steelers.
- According to Garafolo, Villanueva receives $14 million over the first two years of this deal.
There was speculation that Villanueva would not report to camp, given that he was unhappy about playing under his one-year exclusive rights tender and was looking for a long-term deal.
However, it appears the Steelers were able to find a middle ground in negotiations.
Villanueva, 28, wound up signing on with the Eagles as an undrafted free agent out of Army back in 2015. He was waived during the preseason and later signed to the Steelers’ practice squad at the start of the season.
Pittsburgh brought Villanueva back on a one-year future/reserve contract last year. He is an exclusive rights free agent and stands to make a base salary of just $615,000 for the 2017 season should he sign his tendered offer.
In 2016, Villanueva appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers and was rated by Pro Football Focus as the No. 24 offensive tackle out of 78 qualifying players.