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Former Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson signs with Las Vegas Raiders

Jefferson is the second former Bill to head to Vegas this week

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Last week, the Buffalo Bills released Quinton Jefferson in a salary cap-clearing move. Tonight, Jefferson became the second Bill to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders this week.

The Raiders and Jefferson, who turns 28 later this month, agreed to a one-year contract just one day after former Bills wide receiver John Brown, whom the team cut along with Jefferson, was signed to a one-year deal of his own.

Per ESPN’s Josina Anderson, Jefferson said that he “really felt comfortable w/ their system & how they plan on using me. Me and Yannick (Ngakoue) went to the Univ. of MD together.” Add in the fact that Vegas’s defensive coordinator is Gus Bradley, and Jefferson signing with the Raiders makes even more sense.

While Jefferson was a member of the Seattle Seahawks after Bradley had left, he did play in a system helmed by Kris Richard, who worked under Bradley and ran a very similar defensive system. Jefferson was a fifth-round draft choice of the Seahawks in 2016, spending four years there before signing with the Bills last March.

In one season in Buffalo, Jefferson played more snaps than any defensive tackle on the roster not named Ed Oliver, appearing on 49.9 percent of the team’s defensive snaps. Jefferson totaled 23 tackles, three tackles for loss, three sacks, six quarterback hits, one fumble recovery, one pass breakup, and one forced fumble during the regular season. In three playoff games last year, Jefferson made five tackles.


It’s a one-year deal worth $3.25 million with $2 million guaranteed.