It’s not terribly uncommon for a player to have two separate stints playing for the same team, especially when that player is only two years removed from starting eight games with the team he’s returning to. A change in the team’s coaching staff might throw a wrench into things, but the Buffalo Bills are taking a chance on it nonetheless.
Name: Bacarri Rambo
Height/Weight: 6’0, 211 lbs.
Draft: Round 6, Pick 191 by the Washington Redskins (2013)
Financial Situation (per Spotrac): Rambo is on a one-year deal that will pay him $775,000 this year. The contract is not guaranteed.
2016 Recap: Rambo was a mid-season signing by the Miami Dolphins last year, appearing in nine games with five starts. He finished the year with 39 tackles and recorded an interception during Miami’s Week 14 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Positional Outlook: Given the outlook on the safety position before he was signed, Rambo immediately becomes a contender for serious playing time. The only other reserve safety with any experience is Colt Anderson, who just landed on the PUP list.
2017 Offseason: Rambo was just signed by the Bills a week ago. Given that the new coaching staff isn’t keeping anything from the old defense in place, he understandably has some catching-up to do and hasn’t done anything of note on the field yet.
2017 Season Outlook: Rambo is a guy that immediately comes to mind for me when I think of reserve safeties. It’s a backhanded compliment, sure, but if he can get a hold of the defense relatively quickly he should be able to contribute from Week 1. He might even be able to push Jordan Poyer for a starting role, which says more about the state of the position than it does Rambo’s talent but is still worth noting.