Steelers sign two, add Pitt wideout

The Steelers signed two more draft picks, added a wide receiver and released Connellsville's Phil Braxton on the eve of the first day of training camp at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

Signed are second-round pick Alonzo Jackson and fifth-round pick Brian St. Pierre. Jackson is a defensive end/outside linebacker from Florida State. He signed a four-year deal worth $2.413 million that includes a signing bonus of $1.043 million.

St. Pierre, a quarterback from Boston College, signed a three-year deal worth $1.02 million with a signing bonus of $108,500. The signings leave only first-round pick Troy Polamalu as a potential holdout as players are due in today by 6 p.m.

Forcing Braxton off the roster is former Pitt wide receiver Lamar Slade, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound rookie who caught 48 passes for 649 yards and four touchdowns for the Panthers last season. Slade, the younger brother for NFL linebacker Chris Slade, has 93 catches for 1,083 yards in his college career.

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