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Leonard Hankerson signs one-year deal with Buffalo Bills

Hankerson throws his hat into the ring for the Bills' vacant slot receiver job alongside several other intriguing names

Buffalo Bills general manager Doug Whaley hinted earlier this week that the team was on the verge of re-signing free agent wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, and that has now come to pass. The Bills have not yet confirmed the signing, but per Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Hankerson has signed a one-year deal in Buffalo.

Terms of the deal are not yet known.

Hankerson ended the 2015 season on the Bills' roster, playing 12 snaps in the team's Week 17 win over the New York Jets, but had been an unrestricted free agent. The 27-year-old receiver, a third-round pick out of Miami in the 2011 NFL Draft, returns to Buffalo with a legitimate chance at earning playing time in Greg Roman's offense in 2016.

Barring a re-signing of Percy Harvin, which remains a possibility, the Bills will need to replace Chris Hogan in the slot next season, and Hankerson - along with several other names, such as Marquise Goodwin, Greg SalasJarrett Boykin, Greg Little, and perhaps a 2016 NFL Draft pick - is a prime candidate to earn the role. He, Salas, Boykin, and Little are all experienced NFL receivers with a fair amount of production on their CVs, and they'll all compete with each other for a potentially large role next season.