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NFL free agency 2014: Anthony Dixon to sign with Buffalo Bills

In Dixon, the Bills pick up another core special teams player that can also contribute in the team's short-yardage and goal line packages.

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Free agent running back Anthony Dixon tweeted on Friday evening that he will sign with the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.

Dixon, 26, is a fifth-year pro that has spent the first four seasons of his career as a little-used reserve with the San Francisco 49ers. The 6'1", 233-pound back was a short-yardage and goal line specialist for Jim Harbaugh's crew, scoring eight touchdowns in four seasons despite never carrying the ball more than 70 times in a single season.

Buffalo is set at the top of their running back rotation with Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller handling the bulk of the load, but they struggled in short-yardage situations a year ago. Dixon will likely fill that role for the Bills' run-first offense, while also contributing on most special teams units and perhaps even getting a little work at fullback in.

Dixon will become the fourth new addition of the free agency period for the Bills, joining guard Chris Williams, linebacker Keith Rivers and cornerback Corey Graham.