Bills’ of­fen­sive line changes go on

Sign tackle Wad­dle from Pa­tri­ots

The Buffalo News - - NFL - By Jay Skurski

The Buf­falo Bills con­tin­ued re­tool­ing their of­fen­sive line Satur­day, raid­ing a divi­sion ri­val in the process.

The team an­nounced a oneyear con­tract with for­mer New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots of­fen­sive tackle LaA­drian Wad­dle.

A 6-foot-6, 315-pounder, Wad­dle served as the swing tackle on the Pa­tri­ots’ Su­per Bowl cham­pi­onship team last sea­son. He ap­peared in all 16 reg­u­lar-sea­son games, with three starts.

Wad­dle has played in 61 ca­reer games, start­ing 31 of them, with the Lions and Pa­tri­ots. He joined the NFL with Detroit as an un­drafted free agent out of Texas Tech in 2013. Af­ter be­ing waived by the Lions late in the 2015 sea­son, Wad­dle landed in New Eng­land. He’s been a part of two Su­per Bowl win­ners.

Wad­dle, 27, is the Bills’ fifth ad­di­tion to the team’s of­fen­sive line since the start of the off­sea­son.

He joins cen­ter/guard Spencer Long, cen­ter/guard Jon Feli­ciano, cen­ter Mitch Morse and tackle Ty Nsekhe on what prom­ises to be a vastly dif­fer­ent depth chart in 2019. Those ad­di­tions mean an in­tense com­pe­ti­tion for spots on the 53-man ros­ter will take place at train­ing camp.

Morse will re­place the com­bi­na­tion of Ryan Groy and Rus­sell Bo­dine as the team’s start­ing cen­ter, while Long could step in for guard John Miller, who signed as an un­re­stricted free agent with Cincin­nati.

Both Nsekhe and Wad­dle can play both tackle spots, which could lead to a com­pe­ti­tion to re­place Jor­dan Mills on the right side, with the loser serv­ing as the swing tackle. Mills and Groy are un­signed un­re­stricted free agents.

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Of­fen­sive tackle LaA­drian Wad­dle, for­merly of the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots, has signed with the Bills.

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