BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - The Buffalo Bills are starting to sign their most recent draft picks.
According to Kellie Masters, the agent for linebacker Tank Carder, the Bills have agreed to terms with the fifth-round draft pick on his rookie contract. It is a four-year deal. Terms have not been made available. Carder becomes the first of the team's nine 2012 draft selections to agree to terms with the organization.
"You get drafted and that's an exciting moment and reality is starting to set in," Carder told Eyewitness Sports Anchor Shawn Stepner by phone. "You know that you actually might be playing in the NFL whenever you sign that contract. I haven't signed it but I have made a deal with Buffalo. Once you do that it's definitely reality that it's happening. You're here. Now you gotta go do your part after they done paid ya."
Carder was Buffalo's second fifth-round selection (147th overall). Out of Texas Christian University, the 6-foot-3, 237 pounder is a two-time Mountain West Conference defensive player of the year.
Carder is expected to fly to Buffalo on Thursday, sign his contract, and be in attendance when the Bills open rookie minicamp on Friday.
Said Carder: "Hopefully I can bring a little bit of leadership to the group of guys we have out there at the rookie minicamp. Hopefully I can bring some help to the team however it may be, whether it's special teams, backup on defense or even starting. Whatever it is, hopefully I can go in there and show the coaches what I can do, impress them, and hopefully I can get a spot and play some ball for them and help them out. Hopefully we can get to a Super Bowl."