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Colts sign S Hooker, DT Stewart

5/18/2017 1:06:00 PM
The Indianapolis Colts are two steps closer to signing their entire 2017 draft class.

Indianapolis signed first-round safety Malik Hooker to a four-year rookie contract on Thursday and also inked fourth-round defensive tackle Grover Stewart to a deal.

The Colts have signed seven of the eight members of the draft class, with only third-round pick Tarell Basham, a linebacker out of Ohio, yet to do so.

Hooker, the 15th overall pick of the 2017 NFL draft, will receive a contract worth $12,850,988 that includes a signing bonus of $7,486,172, according to OverTheCap.com. The pact also includes a fifth-year option for the team in 2021.

Hooker recorded 74 tackles, seven interceptions and 11 passes defensed in 13 games last season with Ohio State. The 6-foot-2, 205-pounder played in 26 career contests with the Buckeyes.

Hooker has yet to get on the field as he recovers from hip surgery in January.

Stewart collected 141 tackles, 27 sacks and two forced fumbles in 39 career games at Albany State. Listed at 6-5, 334 pounds, Stewart had 37 tackles, 7.5 sacks and one forced fumble in nine games last season.

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