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Buffalo Bills sign quarterback Nathan Peterman to rookie deal

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The fifth-round pick was the final unsigned rookie in the Bills’ draft class

The Buffalo Bills announced that they’ve signed rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman to a contract. Terms were not immediately disclosed.

Peterman, the second of the Bills’ two fifth round picks (171st overall, one of the picks the team received from the Dallas Cowboys as part of the Matt Cassel trade) was the last remaining unsigned rookie among the team’s draftees.

Peterman, 23, was a two-year starter at the University of Pittsburgh after transferring from the University of Tennessee. He threw for 5,142 yards and 47 touchdowns with the Panthers, leading the team to matching 8-5 records in his two seasons. The highlight of his tenure was a 43-42 win over eventual national champion Clemson last season, where Peterman threw for 308 yards and five touchdowns without a turnover.

With the Bills, Peterman will be in the running for one of the two backup spots behind Tyrod Taylor. While veteran T.J. Yates should be able to earn a role, Peterman might have a leg up on second-year man Cardale Jones, who was drafted by the previous regime and might not fit into Sean McDermott and Rick Dennison’s plans at the position.

With that, the Bills’ rookies are all under contract. We won’t be witnessing any lengthy holdouts this year.