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First-round pick Watkins signs contract with Bills

Wide receiver Sammy Watkins has signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills, who traded up to the fourth spot in this month’s NFL draft to select the Clemson product.

“It’s definitely a blessing,” Watkins said of signing his rookie contract. “I’ve got to move forward and perform now.”

The Bills sent their ninth-overall pick, next year’s first-round pick and next year’s fourth-round pick to the Cleveland Browns to move up five spots for Watkins.

Bills General Manager Doug Whaley admitted it was “a very high cost” to pay but said Watkins was a risk worth taking.

“He’s automatically going to make our quarterback better and make us better as a team,” Whaley said.

Watkins had 101 receptions for 1,464 yards and 12 touchdowns in his final season at Clemson.

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