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Alex Carrington reaches deal

The Buffalo Bills have reached a contract agreement with their third-round draft pick, defensive end Alex Carrington.

Carrington is the seventh of the Bills’ nine draft picks to join the fold. The only remaining unsigned picks are first-rounder C.J. Spiller and second-rounder Torell Troup. None of the NFL’s first-round picks have signed a contract, and only one second-rounder has reached a deal.

The Bills picked Carrington 72nd overall out of Arkansas State. He’s 6-fooot-5 and 285 pounds and fits the mold of a defensive end in the 3-4 scheme. Carrington’s deal is for four years. Based on other deals of third-rounders, it is believed to be worth about $2.6 million overall and will include a bonus of about $870,000.

"It's quite a bit of relief," Carrington said. "I wasn't too worried about the deal getting done. I knew that my agent, Roosevelt Barnes, would do a good a good job. I'm ready to get to hitting now. I'm ready to get the pads on."

Carrington graduated last December with a degree in psychology and had a 3.52 grade-point average. He thinks the adjustment to the NFL went well in spring practices.

“I’m definitely catching on to everything, but I know that training camp will be just another introduction to the NFL," he said. "OTAs and minicamp, I believe, went really well for me. The first day was kind of everywhere trying to get all the plays in and all of that roughage. But it was another humbling experience, just to see all the talent around and having to step my game up that much more. It’s been good so far. I’m anxious to get to training camp.”

---Mark Gaughan


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