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2021 NFL Free Agency: Veteran cornerback T.J. Carrie visiting Buffalo Bills

The Bills are looking at veteran defensive depth

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It’s a tradition unlike any other: The Buffalo Bills are looking to add veteran cornerback depth via free agency. According to reports, free-agent corner T.J. Carrie is visiting the Bills. The visit was first reported by ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Carrie, 30, entered the league as a seventh-round draft choice of the Oakland (now Las Vegas) Raiders in 2014. He spent two years with the Cleveland Browns before spending his 2020 season with the Indianapolis Colts. For his career, the 6’ corner has 363 tackles, eight interceptions, 51 pass breakups, two sacks, eight fumble recoveries and six forced fumbles.

Last year, Carrie played just 38 percent of the Colts’ total defensive snaps, the lowest percentage of his career. He was a major contributor on special teams, though, playing on 251 snaps, good for 57 percent of Indianapolis’s total. For the 2020 season, Carrie made 32 tackles, adding two interceptions, eight pass breakups, and one fumble recovery to his ledger. He returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown.

Carrie would fill the E.J. Gaines/Vontae Davis/Kevin Johnson/Josh Norman roster spot of “veteran cornerback to compete for snaps across from Tre’Davious White.” General manager Brandon Beane has made a habit of giving the Bills options heading into the NFL Draft, and adding a veteran with starting experience means the Bills can do what they prefer to do—which is draft the best available player—when their time comes later this month.