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Bengals Sign First-Round WR John Ross & Fourth-Round DE Carl Lawson

The Cincinnati Bengals have signed first-round WR John Ross and fourth-round DE Carl Lawson to four-year rookie contracts, according to Jim Owczarski.

According to OverTheCap.com, Ross will receive a four-year contract worth $17,115,864, which includes a signing bonus of $10,587,900. The contract also has a fifth-year option for the team to consider in 2020.

Ross, 22, was selected with the No. 9 overall pick by the Bengals in this year’s draft. He possesses world-class speed and posted a Combine record 4.22 forty-yard dash, breaking the mark held by Chris Johnson.

The Bengals were mentioned as being a team to watch for Ross, as they could use a deep threat like him to go with Pro Bowl WR A.J. Green.

While Ross was widely considered to be a first-round talent, some teams were reportedly concerned about his injury history.

During his college career, Ross totaled 114 receptions for 1,729 yards receiving and 20 touchdowns for the Huskies over the course of 40 games. He also contributed 2,069 kick return yards and four touchdowns over the course of three seasons.

Lawson, 21, was selected with the No. 116 overall pick in this year’s draft. He earned first-team All-SEC honors last season with Auburn.

During his three-year college career, Lawson recorded 67 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, 14.5 sacks, and three forced fumbles in 30 games for the Tigers.