Steelers sign former Kent State star Archer to four-year deal

Associated Press Published:

PITTSBURGH -- The Pittsburgh Steelers announced on Friday that the team had signed third-round draft pick Dri Archer, a wide receiver and running back hybrid out of Kent State.

The deal is reportedly for $2.748 million and includes a signing bonus of $506,016.

Archer was selected 97th overall in last month's draft.

He finished his college career with 99 receptions for 1,194 yards and rushed for 2,342 yards.

His 40 career touchdowns rank second in school history.

The 5-foot-8 Archer also was a standout special teams performer with 51 kickoff returns for 1,436 yards, including four touchdowns.

Archer confirmed the speed he showcased at Kent State at the NFL Combine, where he turned in the fastest time of any athlete in attendance with a 4.26 in the 40-yard dash.

Archer nearly entered the NFL Draft after his sensational junior season, but chose to return for a senior year with the Golden Flashes under first-year head coach Paul Haynes.

The Steelers have now signed eight of their nine draft picks. The only remaining selection not signed is second-rounder Stephon Tuitt, a 6-foot-7, 313-pound defensive lineman who played at Notre Dame.

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