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Bills signing Olympic gold medalist wrestler Steveson

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The Buffalo Bills are signing wrestler Gable Steveson to a standard three-year rookie deal, his agent told ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Steveson hasn't played football in the past and hadn't worn cleats until a workout with the Bills, per Schefter. He's expected to play defensive line for Buffalo.

"I have been fortunate to compete at the highest level of competition in my sport but am looking forward to the challenge of seeing how my wrestling skills may translate to football," Steveson said, according to Schefter.

The 24-year-old was a dominant college wrestler, winning back-to-back NCAA Division I titles at 285 pounds in 2021 and 2022. He also earned a bronze finish in 2019.

The Minnesota product carried that success to the international stage, capturing a gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics by defeating Georgian opponent Geno Petriashvili.

Buffalo's defensive line features Ed Oliver, DaQuan Jones, and rookie DeWayne Carter in its interior, among others. Greg Rousseau, A.J. Epenesa, and Von Miller are expected to be the team's primary edge rushers.

Steveson was recently released from the WWE after spending three years in its developmental program.

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