Rookie class all signed for Bills: Buffalo inks Kouandjio
Ever since the new Collective Bargaining Agreement was struck, holdouts by rookies are a thing of the past. The new rookie wage scale has made things much easier for teams to get all their draft picks signed far in advance of the start of training camp.
On Thursday, the Buffalo Bills joined an increasing amount of teams that have gotten all of their 2014 NFL Draft picks under contract. The final player without a deal was second-round selection and offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio, and he signed on the dotted line just a day after first-round pick Sammy Watkins did.
By signing the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Kouandjio to his four-year rookie deal, all seven of the teams choices are under contract. The 20-year old started 27 games for Alabama before declaring for the draft with a year of eligibility still remaining.
Through two days of Organized Team Activities, Kouandjio has taken some reps with the first-team at right tackle. He'll likely be in a competition with Erik Pears for that starting job all throughout the summer.
He and the rest of the Bills will get back on the field for the third day of OTA practices on Friday. Kouandjio was the 44th overall selection of the 2014 NFL Draft.
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