The Buffalo Bills have very much been bargain shoppers to date in 2016 NFL free agency, and that trend continued on Monday with a report that the team has veteran pass rusher Kroy Biermann in town for a visit (via NFL.com's Conor Orr).
Source says Kroy Biermann visiting with the Bills today. Versatile DE would fit well in Rex's scheme.— Conor Orr (@ConorOrr) March 28, 2016
Biermann, who is heading into his ninth NFL season as a former fifth-round pick out of Montana, will turn 31 right around the time that the 2016 regular season begins. He's spent all of his first eight seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, spending time as both a defensive end and an outside linebacker in that time frame, depending on what Atlanta's coaches preferred. In 114 career games, Biermann has accumulated 333 tackles, 23.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, two interceptions, and two touchdowns.
Atlanta signed 26-year-old Courtney Upshaw last week, making Biermann's return to Atlanta an unlikely scenario. In Buffalo, Biermann would project as a rotational edge defender, as his versatility aligns well with what Rex Ryan is trying to accomplish defensively. He could conceivably split reps with Manny Lawson, another quality veteran edge defender who does not offer much as a pass rusher, but whose versatility has made him an asset.
Thus far in free agency, both of the Bills' signings - tight end Jim Dray and safety Robert Blanton - have been of the veteran-minimum variety.