Kranchick, Caylor sign

The Steelers on Monday became the first team in the NFL to agree to contracts with any of their 2004 draft choices, coming to terms with tight end Matt Kranchick and offensive lineman Drew Caylor.

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.

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