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Bills break the ice on signing picks

The Buffalo Bills started the process of signing their draft picks Wednesday, announcing a deal with cornerback Kevon Seymour.

The Southern California product becomes the first of Buffalo’s seven draft picks to sign a contract.

Seymour, a 6-foot-0, 185-pounder, is a native of Pasadena, Calif. During four seasons with the Trojans, he registered 126 tackles, 19 passes defended, one fumble recovery and three interceptions. He led USC as a junior in 2014 with 13 passes defended.

The Bills did not announce the terms of Seymour’s contract, as per team policy, but the rookie wage scale takes most of the guess work out of the contract. Last year’s 218th overall selection, offensive lineman Anthony Morris of the Oakland Raiders, signed a four-year deal worth $2.359 million, with a signing bonus of nearly $80,000 – the only guaranteed portion of the contract.

Seymour’s contract can be expected to be worth just slightly more than those totals. He figures to battle for a reserve role at cornerback behind starters Ronald Darby and Stephon Gilmore, while also contributing on special teams.

Jones intrigued by Vegas

GRAPEVINE, Texas – Jerry Jones played a big part in getting the Rams to Los Angeles. Thus, when one of the most influential owners talks about potential NFL cities, everyone listens.

The Dallas Cowboys owner spoke highly of Las Vegas on Wednesday when asked whether he would support Sin City as home to an NFL team.

“I won’t talk about a specific team,” Jones said during the team’s annual golf tournament at Cowboys Golf Club. “I will say that I think Las Vegas is one of the real crown jewels of communities in the United States. I think it’s very unique. It has a flair for entertainment.

“It has 2 million people, and they’re avid sports fans. They have a huge visiting contingency that more often than not are fans of some NFL pro football team. You add all that together, and it certainly is in a conversation about the future relative to the NFL.”

But, Jones, said, “you have to have the right situation. You have to have the right ownership. You have to have the ‘want to.’ Then, there are a lot of other considerations that have to come into play.

He said the “gambling aspect to it is far overshadowed by the entertainment, if you will, the family appeal that you have, the convention appeal. So it does not have disfavor with me, in my opinion, relative to being an NFL city.”

Raiders owner Mark Davis has met with Nevada officials about moving his team if Oakland won’t agree to spend taxpayer dollars on a new stadium. Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman expressed confidence this week about luring the Raiders with a new domed stadium that would include $750 million from Nevada taxpayers.

The Raiders would need 24 of 32 team owners to approve a move.

More surgery for Edelman

New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman had surgery on his left foot during the offseason, but he is expected to be back in time for training camp, ESPN reported Wednesday.

The recent procedure was the second surgery on his left within the past year.

In other Patriots news, the team released linebacker Tony Steward, who was signed on April 22 after being released by the Bills. He played in seven games for Buffalo in 2015.