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Bills sign Lawson to rookie deal

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Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-06 16:31:04-04

The Buffalo Bills will be without their top draft pick in 2016 for most, if not all the summer. That didn't stop the team from making their pact with Shaq Lawson official, however.

The Bills announced on Monday afternoon that they've signed Lawson to his four-year rookie contract, that will include a team-option for a fifth-year of his contract. The 21-year old Lawson was the 19th overall selection of the 2016 NFL Draft and was slated to start immediately for the Bills.

However, during the team's rookie minicamp in May, Lawson aggravated a long-standing shoulder injury and the team elected for him to have surgery to repair it immediately. The Bills have yet to put out a firm timetable as to when Lawson is expected back in action, but some reports indicate that he'll likely miss the first month of the season.

The Bills now have all but one of their draft picks signed to a rookie contract. All but fourth-round pick and quarterback Cardale Jones have signed their individual rookie deals.

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