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Former Buffalo Bills OL Brian Winters signs with Arizona Cardinals

Winters in the Arizona desert are pretty nice.

The Arizona Cardinals have signed offensive guard Brian Winters to a one-year contract, the team announced Monday. Winters played with the Buffalo Bills in 2020, and is the sixth player to sign with a new team in 2021.

Winters, who was waived by the New York Jets in the summer, quickly signed with the Bills in training camp. Buffalo had just lost starting guard Jon Feliciano to a torn pectoral, so Winters seemed like a natural replacement at his position. While the Bills initially rolled out a lineup featuring Quinton Spain and Cody Ford at guard, Spain fell out of favor, and Winters was the starter by Week 3. Winters would ultimately start nine games for the Bills, though he was outperformed by the other starters on the line. They ultimately chose to roll with Feliciano and Ike Boettger as their starters after Ford tore his meniscus.

If you’re keeping track for compensatory picks, the Bills have signed three free agents and lost four. John Brown and Quinton Jefferson don’t count, as both players were cut by the Bills before their contracts ended. Same thing for Emmanuel Sanders, who was cut by the Saints. Other 2020 Buffalo Bills who remain unsigned in free agency include Trent Murphy, Isaiah McKenzie, Josh Norman, T.J. Yeldon, and Matt Barkley.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this article listed Emmanuel Sanders as a compensatory pick free agent. He is not.