DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24: Safety Tejay Johnson #3 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrates his touchdown pass interception with Tank Carder #43 in the fourth quarter against the SMU Mustangs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24 2010 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Buffalo Bills have reportedly agreed to terms on a contract with TCU linebacker Tank Carder, one of the team's fifth-round picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. The report comes from Carder's agent, Kelli Masters, who made the announcement via Twitter.
Carder, the No. 147 overall pick in the draft, is the first of nine Bills draft picks that we've heard of agreeing to terms on a rookie deal. With the Bills scheduled to conduct a rookie mini-camp this weekend (it starts Friday), this probably won't be the last signing we hear of by week's end, either.
A 6'2", 237-pound linebacker that finished his TCU career with 228 tackles, 25 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, 19 defended passes and four interceptions, Carder comes into Buffalo as an experienced and versatile player that, in Dave Wannstedt's system, could conceivably play outside or inside. As a reserve, however, his primary responsibility as a rookie will be as a special teams player, where he'll likely serve on every kick coverage unit for the team.