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[May 16, 2014]  May 15 (The Sports Xchange) - The Oakland Raiders signed first round-draft pick Khalil Mack to a contract on Thursday.

The four-year rookie deal has a fifth-year option and is fully guaranteed at $18.68 million, according to ESPN.com. The team confirmed the signing but did not disclose terms.

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The Cleveland Browns moved quickly to offset the potential loss of wide receiver Josh Gordon, reaching contract agreements with veterans Miles Austin and Earl Bennett on Thursday.

With a season-long suspension looming after Gordon failed another drug test, the Browns reached out and grabbed Austin, a former Dallas Cowboys receiver, and Bennett, who played for the Chicago Bears.

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The Oprah Winfrey Network has purchased the rights to a new multi-part documentary series following the life of Michael Sam, who made history when he became the first openly gay player drafted into the NFL by the St. Louis Rams.

Terms were undisclosed, but ESPN.com reported Wednesday that negotiations to make the deal took two months.

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially announced on Thursday the hiring of Jon Robinson as director of player personnel and Andy Speyer as national scout.

Robinson comes to the Bucs after 12 seasons with the New England Patriots (2002-13), where he spent four years working with Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht (2002, 2009-11).

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The Chicago Bears and their third-round pick, defensive tackle Will Sutton, agreed to a four-year deal, the team announced Thursday.

All of the team's eight 2014 draft picks are now under contract.

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The Indianapolis Colts signed seventh-round pick and offensive tackle Ulrick John and inside linebacker Andrew Jackson, their sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, on Thursday.

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The Washington Redskins signed 10 college free agents, including Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees, the team announced Thursday.

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The Buffalo Bills signed fourth-round draft pick cornerback Ross Cockrell and seventh-round picks linebacker Randell Johnson and offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson. Terms were not disclosed.

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The Green Bay Packers signed center Corey Linsley and wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, who were both fifth-round draft picks. Terms were not disclosed. (Editing by Frank Pingue)

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