The early word out of Pittsburgh's training camp is that QB Ben Roethlisberger
successfully completed today's run test (14 40-yard dashes). However, it's worth noting that Ben ran in a group with two linemen (LT Marvel Smith
and DL Orien Harris
) instead of players his own size, as linemen are afforded more time to complete the test. Meanwhile, NT Casey Hampton
was excused from the run test, but reportedly fared poorly in less taxing running exercises. Same old Casey.
In other news, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
is reporting that first-round draft choice Santonio Holmes
agreed to a five-year deal valued at $8.11 million, including $4.52 million in bonuses. According to Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert
, the contract does not include additional clauses pertaining to off-the-field conduct.
Finally, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
reports that third-round pick Willie Reid
agreed to a three-year contract worth $1.08 million that calls for salaries of $275,000, $360,000 and $445,000, with a signing bonus of $453,000.