Former Timpview High and UCLA offensive lineman Xavier Su'a-Filo has signed his rookie contract with the Houston Texans as first reported by ESPN's Adam Caplan on Tuesday.
Su'a-Filo's four-year contract will be worth $5.55 million with $3.96 million guaranteed, and includes a $2.3 million signing bonus, according to the Houston Chronicle.
This comes on the same day that the Texans announced that Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the team's starting quarterback. Su'a-Filo is in competition to start at left guard as a rookie.
Su'a-Filo, who left the Bruins after his junior season, was the first player with a Utah connection to be selected in the 2014 NFL Draft when the Texans took him in the second round with 33rd overall pick.
He has missed Houston's recent organized team activities because of the NFL's quarter-system rule that prevented Su'a-Filo from participating in offseason workouts until his semester at UCLA had ended. According to the Chronicle, Su'a-Filo returned to practice Tuesday on the first day of the Texans' mandatory mini-camp.
Patrick D. Starr of stateofthetexans.com said Houston first-year coach Bill O'Brien took notice of Su'a-Filo at practice.
"You could tell he did some studying on his own." O'Brien on Su'a-Filo after seeing him on the field today. #Texans— PDS (@PatDStat) June 17, 2014
According to Starr, Su'a-Filo, who was allowed to participate in the team's rookie mini-camp after the May draft, took an iPad back to UCLA to help him study the Texans' offensive system.
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