TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 30: Kirk Morrison #58 and Nick Barnett #50 of the Buffalo Bills celebrate a shutout win against the Washington Redskins at Rogers Centre on October 30, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario. Buffalo won 23-0. (Photo by Rick Stewart/Getty Images)
Speaking with WGR 550's Joe Buscaglia from the 2012 NFL Combine in Indianapolis on Thursday, Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey confirmed that the team is negotiating with impending free agent linebacker Kirk Morrison to return as the team's new strong-side outside linebacker in the 4-3 defense.
Gailey also confirmed to Buscaglia that the team has been negotiating to retain the services of left tackle Demetrius Bell, as well. Paired with the news that the team will be meeting Friday with the agent for receiver Stevie Johnson, we now know of recent negotiations for three of the team's top free agents.
The Bell news is not surprising, as he is one of the top tackles available in a thin free agent market this season, but may not get many looks thanks to a long injury history. He'd return as the likely starting left tackle. The more surprising (but not unforeseen) news is Morrison, who barely played for the team in their 3-4 base a year ago, but who apparently has a starting job waiting for him should he desire it.
GM Buddy Nix will be addressing reporters in Indy today, as well, so don't go anywhere.