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Former BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi signs rookie contract with Baltimore Ravens

BYU defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.
BYU defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016.
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After a bit of a wait, former BYU defensive end Bronson Kaufusi signed his rookie contract with the Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday, the team announced.

Kaufusi, who prepped at Timpview High, was the first local prospect taken during last month’s NFL draft — at 70th overall in the third round by Baltimore — and was the last to sign his rookie contract, a month and a half after the draft.

The deal is four years. Other terms were not released. The former Cougar hurt his back during his first practice with the Ravens in May, though, and isn't expected back until training camp.

"He wrenched his back, for lack of a better term,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh told baltimoreravens.com last week. “He will definitely be back for training camp. He will be training hard here between now and then.”

Kaufusi, who started 37 games for the Cougars, is coming off a senior season at BYU where he had 64 tackles, 20 tackles for loss and 11 sacks while adding three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery. At the NFL Combine, he tied for fourth among defensive linemen with a 4.25-second time in the 20-yard shuttle and was fifth in the three-cone drill with a 7.03 time.

Now the 6-foot-6, 285-pound Kaufusi could earn playing time early in his career if he gets his back healthy. The Ravens declined the team option on veteran defensive end Chris Canty this offseason, leaving a starting spot on the line. Kaufusi is mainly in contention with six-year veteran Lawrence Guy and third-year lineman Brent Urban for playing time at the open defensive end position.

His versatility — Kaufusi also played some outside linebacker at BYU — appealed to Baltimore.

“We don’t know how big he’s going to get at this point,” Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome told baltimoreravens.com. “He can play two or three different spots.”

The Ravens opened minicamp Tuesday, their final official offseason workouts before next month's training camp. The minicamp runs through Thursday.

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