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Old 07-28-2005, 12:27 AM   #5
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Default Steelers expect to sign second, third choices

Steelers expect to sign second, third choices

Thursday, July 28, 2005
From staff and wire reports

The Steelers and the agents for their draft picks in the second and third rounds expect to wrap up negotiations today, which will put all eight of the team's draft choices under contract agreements.

Cornerback Bryant McFadden, their second-round pick from Florida State, will receive a four-year contract. Offensive tackle Trai Essex, their third-round choice from Northwestern, will have a three-year deal.

No further details of the contracts were available.

McFadden had an outstanding spring working out with the Steelers and coaches consider him a candidate to win a starting job in training camp, which opens Sunday at St. Vincent College in Latrobe.

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