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NFL free agency 2015: Buffalo Bills want Jarius Wynn, Larry Dean back

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Per ESPN's Mike Rodak, the Buffalo Bills have told two key reserves from the 2014 season that they're interested in re-signing them this offseason - and that they have not done the same for a four-year starter.

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On Monday evening, ESPN's Mike Rodak reported that the Buffalo Bills have told two of their pending free agents that they're interested in re-signing them: defensive lineman Jarius Wynn and special teams player Larry Dean.

Wynn, 28, spent the 2014 season as a reserve 4-3 defensive end, playing on a one-year deal. Before a knee injury cost him five games, he'd become the first end off the bench, playing over 40 percent of snaps and accumulating 2.5 sacks along the way; ultimately, that injury derailed what was shaping up to be a rock solid season for him. The 6'3", 285-pound veteran may be looking at a position switch playing under Rex Ryan, however.

Dean, 26, was not even signed to the Bills' active roster until prior to Week 3 last season. Upon his signing, however, he immediately became one of the team's most-used special teams players; his 259 special teams snaps in 13 games ultimately ranked him third on the team in that phase, behind fellow reserve linebacker Ty Powell and running back Boobie Dixon. Conceivably, the 6'0", 226-pound Dean would return as a potential special teams fixture once again, and also be a reserve at inside linebacker in Ryan's defense.

As for Rodak's report that the Bills have not yet made any noise regarding 32-year-old right guard Erik Pears... well, that is not surprising. In all likelihood, the Bills will be significantly re-tooling their line this offseason, and Pears is not a part of the team's long-term plans.