Continuing with their string of dining and signing veteran talent, the Buffalo Bills are hosting free agent center Fernando Velasco today, per the team.
The 31-year-old Velasco adds depth to the Bills interior offensive line that lost Kraig Urbik to the Dolphins via free agency this offseason. Velasco has experience at both center and guard.
Velasco was signed by the Tennessee Titans in 2008 as an undrafted free agent out of Georgia. After four years with the Titans he went to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2013 to fill in for an injured Maurkice Pouncey. He logged eleven starts that season before injuring his Achilles tendon. In 2014, he signed with the Carolina Panthers, starting 7 games and playing in 13. The Titans brought him back during the 2015 offseason to compete for the starting job, but waived him before the season. The Panthers signed him off waivers for the 2015 season. He backed up Ryan Kalil in Carolina, starting one game and appearing in 10.
Velasco bolsters the list of veteran free agent depth the Bills have been signing these past few weeks; Sterling Moore, Jim Dray, Zach Brown, Corey White, and Robert Blanton all have at least five years of experience under their belts.