The Buffalo Bills have announced that the team has signed outside linebacker Danny Batten, a sixth-round pick out of South Dakota State. It's a multi-year deal, but contract terms have not been disclosed.
Batten becomes the second of nine Bills rookies to sign rookie deals, joining fifth-round pick OT signed his first NFL contract back on May 27., who
A 6'3", 246-pound athlete, Batten is a sleeper prospect that could surprise with ample amounts of playing time if things fall correctly for him at outside linebacker. Batten will compete with the likes of(if he doesn't retire), , and for playing time at his new position as the Bills transition to the 3-4 defense.
A year ago, Buffalo didn't get sign its first drafted rookies until July 7, when it wrapped up deals for cornerbacksand . Buffalo has seven more rookies to sign this year, including another sixth-round pick, inside linebacker .
UPDATE: Aaron Wilson of the National Football Post is reporting Batten's deal included a bonus of about $101,000 with a total base value of $1.891 million. (MRW)