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Devin Taylor signs rookie contract with Detroit Lions

sports@islandpacket.comMay 10, 2013 

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Devin Taylor, shown laughing during a practice with the South Carolina Gamecocks in December 2012, was taken in the fourth round of the NFL Draft by the Detroit Lions.

GERRY MELENDEZ — File -- The State (Columbia)

Former Beaufort High School and University of South Carolina star Devin Taylor signed a four-year rookie contract Thursday with the Detroit Lions.

The Lions' fourth-round pick in April's NFL draft received a signing bonus of just more than $300,000, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Taylor and first-round draft pick Ziggy Ansah -- who has yet to agree on a contract -- are expected to fill immediate roles for the Detroit, which must replace starting defensive ends Cliff Avril and Kyle Vanden Bosch. Avril signed a free-agent deal with the Seattle Seahawks and Vanden Bosch was released to save salary cap space.

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