Sixth-round pick signs contract
Marvin Philip (54)
Marvin Philip (54)

Posted Jul 24, 2006

Marvin Philip becomes the fourth draft pick to sign a contract with the Steelers. The center from Cal will report for the start of camp Friday as the team's No. 3 center behind Jeff Hartings and Chukky Okobi.

The Pittsburgh Steelers' signing of Marvin Philip leaves them with two second-day draft picks yet to sign -- quarterback Omar Jacobs (5a) and running back Cedric Humes (7). The Steelers haven't signed any of their three first-round picks (Santonio Holmes, Anthony Smith, Willie Reid).

Philip signed a three-year contract with a $59,150 bonus. He'll be paid the league minimum each year.

He's a 6-1, 307-pounder who anchored the Cal line the last two seasons. Philip helped pave the way for a 2,000-yard rusher (J.J. Arrington) in 2004 and two 1,000-yard rushers (Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett) in 2005. Philip was the Pac 10's first-team center last season and was a finalist for the Rimington Trophy.

The Steelers will report Friday, run Saturday and practice Sunday at 1 p.m. Their first preseason game is 4:05 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 at Arizona.

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