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Duke Williams contract: rookie signs with Buffalo Bills

The Bills may go on a mini rookie signing spree this week with rookie minicamp underway. Duke Williams is the second of eight draft picks to sign on the dotted line.


The Buffalo Bills will kick off their 2013 rookie minicamp on Friday, and after signing seventh-round tight end Chris Gragg on Thursday night, it also looks like they'll have at least one more signing to announce today. Fourth-round safety Duke Williams hit Twitter last night to announce that he'd signed his rookie deal:

Williams, the No. 105 overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, will sign a contract very similar to last year's No. 105 overall pick: his new teammate, linebacker Nigel Bradham, signed a four-year, $2.564 million deal with a $464,260 signing bonus last spring.

Hailed as a prospect for his versatility and physicality, Williams did not put up huge numbers at Nevada, but may wind up playing a lot as a rookie for the Bills. New defensive coordinator Mike Pettine values versatile safeties that can drop down and cover receivers one-on-one; that skill, plus the aforementioned toughness and tackling ability, could make him a useful asset for Pettine sooner rather than later.

Buffalo still has six more draft picks to get under contract, but whether or not a draft pick has signed won't matter this weekend; all of the team's rookies will participate in this rookie minicamp.