The battle for the starting center job in Buffalo Bills training camp has, well, centered on only two names: Ryan Groy and Russell Bodine. However, there is a third player on the roster who also plays the position.
In the latest entry in our “90 players in 90 days” series, we profile the third wheel at one of the most important positions on the offense.
Name: Adam Redmond
Height/Weight: 6’6” 300 lbs.
Financial situation (per Spotrac): Redmond signed a future/reserve deal with the Bills on January 8. The contract is a two-year deal worth a total of $1,050,000, and it carries a $480,000 cap hit for 2018. None of the money is guaranteed.
2017 Recap: Redmond had an interesting year last season. He spent the entire preseason with the Colts, and he was waived when the team cut down to 53 players on September 3. The next day, he was signed to the Colts’ practice squad. It was a short-lived stint on the practice squad, however, as they elevated him to the active roster the following day. Redmond played a total of 9 special teams snaps through the Colts’ first three games. In the team’s fourth game, a 46-18 blowout loss against the Seattle Seahwaks, Redmond was pressed into duty after an injury to starting center Deyshawn Bond on the Colts’ second offensive play. Redmond played 58 offensive snaps, and the Colts released him 5 days later. Buffalo signed him to their practice squad on October 10, where he remained for the rest of the 2017 season.
Positional outlook: Either Groy or Bodine will start at center, that much is clear. Redmond is looking to show enough to earn a spot as a backup.
2018 Offseason: Redmond has worked with the third team this offseason, and he has attended all offseason activities to date.
2018 season outlook: If Groy is the starting center, then Bodine will be the backup, leaving Redmond off the roster. If Bodine is the starting center and Groy is the starting left or right guard, then Redmond could find himself on the roster as a backup center. This is unlikely, however, and Redmond’s most likely assignment will be Buffalo’s practice squad or elsewhere in 2018.