Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan told reporters nearly two weeks ago now that the team would be signing veteran offensive tackle Wayne Hunter to their 90-man roster. That move has come to fruition, according to veteran NFL reporter Tony Pauline.
Rex Ryan brings back former offensive tackle Wayne Hunter as Buffalo Bills sign Hunter to a one year deal.— Tony Pauline (@TonyPauline) June 30, 2015
The Bills made room on the roster for Hunter last week when they released second-year edge rusher Bryan Johnson.
Hunter, who will turn 34 tomorrow, has not appeared in regular season NFL action since the 2012 season. He played for Ryan with the New York Jets from 2009-11, serving as the team's full-time starting right tackle in 2011. After a weak 2012 preseason, Hunter was traded to the St. Louis Rams, where he spent one season before his release during the 2013 preseason. Hunter has appeared in 77 games and made 25 starts in his 10-year career.
Buffalo's offensive line is in flux heading into 2015 training camp; that's especially true at tackle, where only Cordy Glenn seems assured of a starting position. Cyrus Kouandjio will look to fend off Seantrel Henderson for the starting right tackle job, and Hunter, conceivably, will look to push those young players in his bid to make the 53-man roster.
Hunter becomes the seventh veteran player that the Bills have added to their roster since the 2015 NFL Draft came to an end, joining quarterback Matt Simms, fullback John Conner, tight end Matthew Mulligan, defensive linemen Alex Carrington and Andre Fluellen, and outside linebacker Michael Buchanan.