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Bills to host free agent RB Maurice Hicks

Alex Marvez at is reporting that the Buffalo Bills will meet with free agent running back Maurice Hicks.  The meeting will take place Monday, March 30.

Buffalo has courted three free agent running backs this off-season in anticipation of a likely suspension of starter Marshawn Lynch.  Fred Taylor, Kevin Jones and DeShaun Foster have all passed through the doors at One Bills Drive either with a contract elsewhere or without an offer from the Bills.

Hicks, who will turn 31 in July, spent the 2008 season in Minnesota, where he did not register a carry playing third fiddle to Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor.  He picked up 869 yards (at 4.2 yards per carry) with six touchdowns in his first four years in the league, which he spent with San Francisco.  Hicks is also considered a solid receiving threat and has extensive experience returning kicks.

With Lynch and Fred Jackson on board, Hicks would ultimately play the third back role again were he to sign with Buffalo.  During a Lynch suspension, however, Hicks' utility would be much higher, as his skills complement Jackson's well.