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Bills sign LB Pat Thomas

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The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms with free agent LB Pat Thomas, according to Mike Florio at ProFootballTalk.com.  Thomas signs a one-year deal and immediately enters the competition for the open spot at SAM linebacker, vacated by Angelo Crowell.  On Wednesday, Crowell signed a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Thomas, age 26, is a four-year veteran that has spent time with the Jacksonville Jaguars and, more recently, the Kansas City Chiefs.  The 6'1", 237-pound outside linebacker has 72 career tackles, including a career-high 48 as a part-time starter for the Chiefs in 2008.

Keith Ellison, Alvin Bowen and now Thomas are expected to compete for the starting SAM slot.  All three have special teams potential as well.  The signing should not drastically affect Buffalo's draft plans.

Tip of the hat to BenAllen for breaking it here.