The Buffalo Bills on Wednesday morning announced that four free agents had visited the team over the past two days.
The other two names had not been known: former Cleveland Browns tight end Jim Dray, and former Bills and Chicago Bears wide receiver Deonte Thompson.
The following players have arrived at One Bills Drive and are visiting with the @buffalobills:— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) March 16, 2016
WR Jeremy Kerley
RB Joique Bell
TE Jim Dray
WR Deonte Thompson also visited with the @buffalobills yesterday.— Buffalo Bills PR (@BuffaloBillsPR) March 16, 2016
Dray, 29, has been a blocking tight end at the NFL level since breaking into the NFL as a seventh-round draft pick in 2010. He's a Stanford product, and worked directly with Bills offensive coordinator Greg Roman while the two were at Stanford together. In Buffalo, he would likely fill the role vacated by Matthew Mulligan, the blocking tight end that the Bills released midway through the 2015 regular season.
Thompson is a name many Bills fans will remember, owing to his strong 2015 training camp in which he made a strong case to be on the team's final 53-man roster. A late-preseason injury prevented that from happening, and after the Bills released him, he caught on with Chicago. The deep threat and Miami (FL) product would help bolster a Bills receiving depth chart that lost Chris Hogan earlier this week.
The Bills have been re-structuring contracts to try to increase salary cap space of late, so do not be surprised if one or more of these players are signed, given the Bills' depth issues across their roster. They now have some money to work with if anyone is in their price range.