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2021 NFL Free Agency: Tyler Kroft thanks Buffalo Bills fans after signing with New York Jets

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

Former Buffalo Bills tight end Tyler Kroft has signed with the New York Jets and he took to social media on Wednesday to thank the organization and the Bills Mafia for their support.

“#Billsmafia thank you for everything over the past 2 years,” tweeted Kroft. “Y’all took my family and I in and made us feel right at home in WNY. Thank you to the Pegula family and the entire Bills organization for the opportunity. Can’t wait to see y’all twice this year!”

Kroft’s wife, Lexi, has been an avid Twitter user and interacted with multiple members of the fan base over the last two years. Her sentiments were similar.

“#BillsMafia thank y’all so much for everything over the past few years. We are so lucky to have experienced this fan base and support system, there really is nothing like it. We look forward to still being able to see y’all twice a year,” tweeted Mrs. Kroft with the hashtag “#jets”.

Kroft dealt with a lot of adversity during his time with the Bills and never quite made the impact he wanted. An injury cost him his first offseason in Buffalo and relegated him to backup duty upon his return in 2019. He took a pay cut to guarantee his 2020 salary but lose the final year of his deal, then a pair of COVID-19 close contacts kept him from suiting up in multiple games in 2020.

In all, he finished his career in Buffalo with seven starts in 21 games, 18 catches for 190 yards and three touchdowns. Now he’s on a one-year $2 million deal with the New York Jets.