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Benny Snell Jr. Will Receive $700k Bonus Upon Signing

The wait to be selected may have been longer than Benny Snell Jr. expected, with a few too many running backs picked before him, but ultimately the draft worked out pretty well for the Kentucky Legend as he was picked by a team that absolutely loves him.

For a niche player like Benny, all he needed was one team to fall in love with the intangibles that he brings to a team, and the Steelers did just that.

“We just like those alpha males, those personality types, those energy bringers. Aside from his physical talent, we were equally as impressed about the intangibles, what they said about Benny in Lexington.” Steelers Head Coach Mike Tomlin told the NFL Network.

According to, since Benny was picked with the #122 overall selection in the fourth round he will receive a signing bonus of $702,060.

The overall value of the contract reaches $3.2 million over 4 years with a steady increase in pay each year. Not too shabby for a 3-star recruit.

James Connor is the Steelers established starter heading into the 2019 season, but Benny will have ample opportunity to make an impact in an offense that flourishes when the run game is productive.

It will certainly be a little different seeing Benny in the black & gold, but it’s hard to find a better spot for him in terms of scheme fit, early playing time possibilities, a contending team and a city that will love him.


Article written by Eli Mitchell

University of Kentucky Class of 2020

8 Comments for Benny Snell Jr. Will Receive $700k Bonus Upon Signing

  1. JerryCat
    11:08 am April 28, 2019 Permalink

    Couldn’t think of a better fit for Benny. Gets to play in an offense that makes RBs look really good and is going to get to play early

  2. UKinIN
    11:15 am April 28, 2019 Permalink

    The best way for Snell to find success in the NFL was for him to feel slighted by sliding in the draft. He needs that insult as motivation. If he had gone undrafted he might have ended up the NFL’s career rushing leader. Now he’ll just have to settle for proving the teams that passed on him wrong.

  3. BigJohnC
    12:09 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    I hope he makes them all regret passing on Mr snell ya later

  4. makeitstop
    12:56 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    So, my earlier math was too conservative: by bringing a great attitude Benny got a $700k bonus instead of average around $150l for 6th round, which is where some saw him going. Half million or so for good attitude is a good lesson for anyone entering the workforce.

  5. blooznky
    3:12 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    Being a Steelers fan, I still get goosebumps just thinking about Benny on my team!!! He was the most exciting player for three years here at UK. And now, I can enjoy watching him steamroll the Bengals for years to come!!

    • BTIisGay
      5:22 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

      Too bad every Steelers fan I know isn’t from Pittsburgh, let alone PA, and have absolutely no connections to the area besides being a bandwagon fan!

  6. east-ky-boy
    11:11 pm April 28, 2019 Permalink

    Love Benny. Hate Steelers.