The Buffalo Bills signed former Alabama Crimson Tide left tackle and the team’s second round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, coming to terms with Cyrus Kouandjio who figures to compete for a starting spot as a rookie.
Kouandjio signing comes on the heels of the team signing first round pick Sammy Watkins who agreed to terms earlier this week and should be a welcome addition to the Bills offensive line which was stocked in the draft with the addition of former Baylor All-American guard Cyril Richardson in the fifth round and former top prep recruit Seantrel Henderson with their seventh round pick.
Kouandjio ‘s four-year deal is worth an estimated $4,808,816 and includes a signing bonus of $1,817,324, according to OverTheCap.com.
The 6-7, 322-pound Kouandjio began his junior season as a potential top-10 pick but after some up-and-down moments in his final season in Tuscaloosa, including a poor performance in the Sugar Bowl against the Oklahoma Sooners and a poor showing at the NFL combine where he didn’t run well and had issues raised about the health of his knees.
With the 44th pick in the draft, the Bills couldn’t pass up the prototypical right tackle to protect E.J. Manuel and open up lanes for C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson in the run game. Kouandjio is only 20 years old and could eventually shift to the left side with some more seasoning and give the Bills a mauler on the left side at one of the most valuable positions in the sport.
Initially, Kouandjio will be given every opportunity to win the starting right tackle position in training camp.