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2021 NFL Free Agency: Buffalo Bills sign tight end Jacob Hollister, per report

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Buffalo Bills have added another former teammate of Josh Allen to the roster with the signing today of tight end Josh Hollister, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Wide receiver Tanner Gentry was also on the Wyoming Cowboys with Allen and Hollister and was on Buffalo’s practice squad in 2020.

In the pros, Hollister was the Seattle Seahawks’ third-string tight end in 2020, starting five games and catching 25 passes for 209 yards and three touchdowns for his most extensive work in the NFL. He played two seasons with the New England Patriots before his two years with Seattle. He was an undrafted free agent in 2017.

Hollister steps into an empty tight end room behind incumbent starter Dawson Knox. Tommy Sweeney is still on the Reserve/COVID-19 list with a heart condition. Lee Smith was traded. Tyler Kroft is a free agent. Only Nate Becker—he of one career NFL game—and H-back Reggie Gilliam remain.

Hollister will likely step into the number-two TE role for now, but it won’t stop them from adding someone else. This deal should be expected to be pretty small in terms of contract numbers.