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Buffalo Bills sign OL Chris Martin

The third-year lineman has spent time on several practice squads, including Buffalo's.

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Per his agent, the Buffalo Bills have signed offensive lineman Chris Martin to a one-year contract

Martin, 26, was a UDFA pickup by the Houston Texans in 2014. Hehas yet to appear in a regular season game but has spent time with seven NFL teams, including the Bills. His was the first name added to the practice squad last season, but he was released midway through the season. He joined Miami's practice squad to end the year.

Per the NFL's rules on practice squads, players are generally allowed a maximum of two seasons of practice squad eligibility, with a third season allowed provided the team "keeps 53 players on the active-inactive list at all times." That means this likely isn't a practice squad signing, although that's a long way from assuming he'll make the 53-man roster. He's likely a candidate for camp depth along the offensive line, although there is a chance he could work his way into a backup role if he has a strong showing in the offseason.

Since the Bills were at the 90-man roster limit, and Martin was signed to a contract, the team will need to release somebody to make room for him on the roster.