The Buffalo Bills have a pair of very good starting safeties in Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, but they have virtually no proven depth beyond those two. Last year, the team tried to acquire former Carolina Panthers safety Tre Boston, who ultimately decided on signing with the Los Angeles Chargers.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, it appears that the team will finally address the depth issues at the position by signing former New Orleans Saints safety Rafael Bush, 30, to a two-year deal. The contract is worth up to $4.5 million, and it should become official when free agency opens on Wednesday afternoon.
Primarily used as a deep free-safety, Bush appeared in 14 games in the regular season and two playoff games for the Saints. He only logged 17% of the defensive snaps in 2017. He recorded 1 pass breakup, 1 sack, 14 tackles, and 5 assists, while adding 5 tackles and 1 assist in the playoffs.
For his career, Bush has played in 76 games, combining for 197 total tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 3 fumbles recovered, 3 interceptions, and 12 pass breakups. He entered the league as an undrafted free agent in 2011 with the Atlanta Falcons, but debuted later that season with the Denver Broncos after a stint on Atlanta’s practice squad. He has also played for the Detroit Lions in his career.