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Buffalo Bills agree to deal with linebacker Ramon Humber

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The backup linebacker saw minimal action in 2016 but was a mainstay on special teams.

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed veteran linebacker Ramon Humber, according to Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com. Brown call him a “critical piece on special teams” in the tweet announcing the move. While the Bills did not disclose the details of the contract, it is likely for the veteran minimum, which is what he played on in 2016.

This signing isn’t a game-changer for Buffalo, but although it’s not flashy, it’s important to have reliable special teamers on the roster. As a smaller, faster linebacker, Humber fits the athletic profile head coach Sean McDermott likes at that position, so the veteran provides some defensive depth, too.

The Bills originally signed the 29-year-old Humber on August 31 as linebacker and special teams insurance after that position was hit with a few injuries. He had ties to now-former Bills assistant defensive coach Rob Ryan.

Humber played a total of 60 snaps on defense for Buffalo in 2016, which included 12 snaps against the 49ers and 19 against the Dolphins on Christmas Eve. He saw the field the most on special teams.

The 5’11”, 232-pound linebacker was an undrafted free agent out of North Dakota State in 2009 and made stops with the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans Saints, and new England Patriots before joining the Bills.