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Bills Sign OG Whittle to New Deal

Last year's first free agent to leave the market, veteran reserve offensive lineman Jason Whittle, has re-signed with the Buffalo Bills. Injured for much of last season, there were no indications that Whittle received interest from other teams, nor that he was interested in leaving.

This is an important re-signing. The Bills were desperately thin behind the starting trio of Derrick Dockery, Melvin Fowler and Brad Butler, especially after the release of Aaron Merz. Whittle's re-signing, coupled with the presence of Duke Preston, likely means that if the Bills look to further bolster depth along the line, they'll do so by searching for a swing tackle who can play inside as well.

Update [2008-3-7 14:41:16 by Brian Galliford]: Adam Caplan, of, reports that Whittle's deal is believed to be for one year and $605,000.