Jordan Phillips and the Buffalo Bills are in contract negotiations, according to Phillips himself. He spoke with reporters in an interview that was published by The Buffalo News as part of locker clean-out day on Monday.
“We’ve already been in negotiations,” Phillips said. “We’ve been keeping it under wraps.”
The Buffalo Bills claimed Phillips after the Miami Dolphins waived him on October 3rd. Over the remaining 12 games of the season, Phillips was an active backup defensive tackle each week, averaging 36 percent of snaps per game. He recorded 19 tackles (two for loss), three passes defended, and a fumble recovery during that stretch.
The Buffalo Bills have an opening at defensive tackle with Kyle Williams retiring. Star Lotulelei is locked in as the starting nose tackle, and rookie Harrison Phillips handled a backup role for both tackle positions. They’re the only returning players.
Phillips noted that “the Bills are looking for a new 3-technique, and I think I’m the best candidate.” Standing 6’6” and 341 pounds, Phillips doesn’t look like a typical three technique defensive tackle. With only 5.5 sacks in his first four seasons, he didn’t have the expected production for the position either. But his strength and hot motor would make him an effective rotational player, similar to the rookie Phillips, who could play anywhere between the offensive tackles as the situation required.
Phillips is one of nine unrestricted free agents who finished the year on the Buffalo Bills roster.