Kranchick and Caylor, two of the team's three sixth-round draft choices, both signed three-year deals worth just under $1 million. The two will receive base salaries of $230,000 this season, $305,000 in 2005 and $385,000 in 2006. Kranchick, the 194th-overall pick in the draft, received a signing bonus of $60,000, while Caylor, the 197th pick, got $56,000.
The 6-7, 255-pound Kranchick began his career as a wide receiver at Penn State before moving to tight end.
Caylor, meanwhile, was a defensive lineman at Stanford before moving to center his senior season. The 6-5, 288-pound Caylor is also a long snapper and will challenge incumbant Mike Schneck, who also signed a new deal with the Steelers this year, for that position. Schneck received a one-year deal that included an $80,000 signing bonus.
The agreements of Kranchick and Caylor leaves the Steelers with six of their eight draft choices unsigned, including No. 1-pick Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers begin voluntary coaching sessions today at their training facility on the South Side.
Kranchick, Caylor sign
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