With a mandatory minicamp about to begin, the Buffalo Bills tweaked the back end of their roster Monday, signing two veterans:
#Bills sign DE Leger Douzable and T Chris Martin.— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) June 13, 2016
Douzable, 29, is the more notable name. An eight year veteran, he spent his career as a rotational backup, playing most recently for the New York Jets (including, yes, two seasons with Rex Ryan). Not necessarily a dangerous pass rusher, Douzable nonetheless has the length and strength to be useful as a backup to Adolphus Washington and Corbin Bryant. Martin doesn't have a long resume, but he accumulated plenty of frequent flyer miles, signing with five different teams since entering the league as a free agent two years ago. Four of those teams (including the Bills) brought him in for a second stint, but he has zero NFL games to his name, mainly sticking with practice squads to this point.
As for the corresponding cuts? They were both undrafted rookies, playing the same positions as Douzable and Martin:
#Bills also released DE Claudell Louis & OT Keith Lumpkin.— Vic Carucci (@viccarucci) June 13, 2016
Louis, who recently became an American citizen, is the same type of 6'4" 290 pound defensive line prototype that Douzable would play. Lumpkin started 38 games as a left tackle at Rutgers.