Van Roten, who turned 30 in February, would serve as solid depth along the interior offensive line for Buffalo. Last season, he started 11 games at left guard for the Panthers. With Buffalo’s starting lineup seemingly set with Quinton Spain and Jon Feliciano, this would certainly be a depth signing.
The Bills have Spencer Long already signed for 2020 as a backup for the interior offensive line, and Ryan Bates is under contract, as well. Long can play any of the three interior spots along the line and Bates can fill in at all five spots.
Van Roten has played both center and guard for the Panthers. With versatility along the offensive line a coveted trait for head coach Sean McDermott and general manager Brandon Beane, it’s no surprise that the team would look to add a player like Van Roten. Add in the connection to the Carolina Panthers and it’s a no-brainer.
Van Roten has been Carolina’s full-time starter at left guard since the beginning of the 2018 season. He originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the Green Bay Packers in 2012.