The Buffalo Bills announced on Wednesday that they have signed veteran defensive lineman Red Bryant and third-year running back Cierre Wood to their 90-man roster. Released to make room: reserve tight end Chris Manhertz and cornerback Rod Sweeting.
Bryant is the far more notable and interesting addition of the two. An eighth-year pro formerly of Seattle and Jacksonville, the 6'4", 323-pound lineman offers little in the way of pass rush ability, which is why Jacksonville released him early this offseason to save money against the salary cap. But the scheme-versatile, 31-year-old lineman remains one of the league's better run defenders, with his plus-12.8 rating in that facet of the game ranking him tied for No. 15 in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus data. He profiles as a situational run defender for the Bills, and should be a plug-and-play option that will factor significantly into the defensive line rotation as soon as he puts on a Bills uniform.
Wood, a Notre Dame product, adds to the Bills' very-thin running back depth chart at a time when the team's top five options are all injured to varying degrees of severity. Wood will take carries during the Bills' preseason game against the Cleveland Browns tomorrow night alongside undrafted rookies Bronson Hill and Ricky Seale. He is also not this guy.