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Bills to host NT Jimmy Kennedy on Thursday

Jason La Canfora at is reporting that the Buffalo Bills will host a visit with free agent defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy on Thursday.

The 6'4", 320-pound Kennedy, 30, has spent the past two seasons in Minnesota, where he backed up Pat Williams and Kevin Williams. During a stellar 2009 campaign, Kennedy racked up 18 tackles and three sacks in reserve duty. A first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in 2003, Kennedy has spent time with Minnesota, Jacksonville, Chicago and St. Louis.

Buffalo is in search of a nose tackle for the 3-4 defensive system they'll be installing under new defensive coordinator George Edwards. Kennedy has never played in a 3-4 system at the NFL level, but he has the type of size required to man the two-gap nose tackle spot in that system. A sound run defender, Kennedy would likely work in tandem with incumbent Kyle Williams, who is likely to see most of his time at the nose tackle spot next season.

Kennedy will be just the third free agent to pass through the doors at One Bills Drive this off-season. Guard Wade Smith came and went, and signed with Houston earlier this evening. The Bills agreed to terms on a three-year deal with right tackle Cornell Green on Monday.