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Former University of Manitoba Bison David Onyemata has officially signed his first NFL contract.
The New Orleans Saints inked their fourth-round draft pick to a four-year deal on Wednesday, days after wrapping up their rookie mini-camp. Onyemata, who the Saints are penciling in as defensive end, was the only unsigned draft pick at that camp.
Though head coach Sean Payton acknowledged over the weekend that Onyemata had "a bit more of a learning curve" than other rookies and had to take more time to adjust to the heat than southern-located players, the Saints are high on the 6-4, 300 lb. Bisons alumnus.
In a recent interview, Saints defensive line coach Bill Johnson -- who came to Winnipeg to help lead Onyemata's Pro Day earlier this year -- told reporters that "the kid did everything" at that workout. Payton said he saw the CIS' reigning J.P. Metras Award winner as a player with "flexibility."
Next up for Onyemata will be the main Saints training camp, which is set to kick off at the end of July.