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Bills sign second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio, completing rookie deals


The Buffalo Bills announced the signing of second-round draft pick Cyrus Kouandjio, the big tackle from the University of Alabama.

The deal is for four years and is believed to be worth about $4.8 million. Kouandjio was the 44th overall pick in the draft. He will get a signing bonus of about $1.8 million.

The deal completes the Bills' rookie signings. First-round pick Sammy Watkins signed his contract on Wednesday. Kouandjio, a 6-foot-7, 322-pounder, is expected to step into the starting lineup at some point this season, if not for the start of the regular season.

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