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Former Hokies Ryan Williams and Rashad Carmichael sign NFL contracts

The last of Virginia Tech’s most recent NFL draftees began their careers over the weekend when cornerback Rashad Carmichael and running back Ryan Williams agreed to contracts with the Houston Texans and Arizona Cardinals, respectively.

Williams, who set ACC and school rushing records as a freshman in 2009, got the more lucrative deal after being selected with the sixth pick of the second round (No. 38 overall) in this year’s NFL draft. On Sunday, the Stonewall Jackson High grad agreed to a four-year, $5.007 million contract, which also included a $2.14 million signing bonus.

The news, though, didn’t stop there. The Cardinals then traded running back Tim Hightower to the Redskins, eliminating some of the logjam in front of Williams at tailback. It also allows Williams to wear his familiar No. 34 jersey once again.

Carmichael, a Clinton native who was selected in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL draft by Houston, was the first to agree to terms on Saturday. He signed a four-year, $2.43 million contract that also included a $397,088 signing bonus.

Carmichael finished with four interceptions in 2010 and becomes the fifth former Virginia Tech player on the Texans’ roster. He joins linebacker Xavier Adibi and offensive lineman Duane Brown, as well as undrafted free agents John Graves and Steven Friday.

Former quarterback Tyrod Taylor was already on the practice field last week with his new team, the Baltimore Ravens. The sixth-round pick signed a contract worth $2.145 million and also received a $105,000 signing bonus.

Including the eight undrafted free agents that signed deals with NFL teams last week, the Hokies currently have 11 players from their 2010 team on NFL rosters.

Mark Giannotto is a Montgomery County native who covers high school sports for The Washington Post. He previously covered Virginia and Virginia Tech football for five years.

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