Agent: Bills rookie 2nd-round pick, G Levitre signs 4-year deal

By John Wawrow, AP
Monday, July 27, 2009

Agent: Bills rookie G Levitre signs 4-year deal

PITTSFORD, N.Y. — Buffalo Bills second-round pick Andy Levitre signed a four-year contract on Sunday, leaving the team with three unsigned rookies after two days of training camp.

The offensive guard’s agent Leo Goeas told The Associated Press that his client had signed the deal at the team’s headquarters in Orchard Park, and was traveling to report to camp in suburban Rochester. He missed only four practices after the Bills opened camp on Saturday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it’s expected to be worth about $3.5 million.

The Bills were not immediately available for comment, though general manager Russ Brandon said the two sides were close to reaching a deal following the team’s afternoon practice.

The 51st overall pick out of Oregon State, Levitre made 39 starts and was first-team All-Pac 10 last year. The Bills are counting on Levitre to start at left guard as part of a completely retooled offensive line, which is also projected to feature unsigned first-round pick Eric Wood playing right guard.

Aside from Wood, the Bills have also yet to sign first-round pick, defensive end Aaron Maybin and second-rounder safety Jairus Byrd.

In other Bills news, coach Dick Jauron said starting defensive tackle Marcus Stroud will miss up to a week with a strained left hamstring. Jauron and Stroud termed the injury as minor. Stroud was hurt during the second of Buffalo’s two practices on Saturday.

The news is far worse for rookie running back Justice Hairston, who is expected to miss the rest of the season after hurting his knee minutes into the Bills’ camp-opening practice on Saturday. Hairston signed with Buffalo as an undrafted free agent out of Central Connecticut.

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