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DT Sylvester Williams inks rookie contract with Broncos

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Though Sylvester Williams only has played competitive football for five seasons and actually worked in a factory making radiator parts after high school, the first-round draft pick is going to get paid a lot of money on the football field for the foreseeable future.

The Broncos announced Thursday that Williams, the No. 26 pick overall, had agreed to terms of his rookie contract, and according to the Denver Post, that equals a contract worth $7.6 million over four years with $6.1 million guaranteed.

“I was sad I had to miss the first practice,” the defensive tackle told the team website. "But I'm here now and I'm ready to work and help this team win as many games as I can. … This was going through my head [as he signed his contract], what I had come through in my life. Working in that factory to becoming a walk-on at the community college to becoming a first-round pick. It was hard for me not to cry.”

For now, Williams will have to work to win a starting job on the Denver defensive line while trying to get past Kevin Vickerson and Terrance Knighton in order to land a spot on the first team.

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