The Buffalo Bills announced on Tuesday their third free agent signing of the week. Sixth-year cornerback Sterling Moore signed with the team today, reportedly on a one-year deal.
Moore, who recently turned 26, was an undrafted free agent out of Southern Methodist in 2011 that first appeared in a pro game with the New England Patriots that season. He spent most of his first two years with the Patriots, before ending the 2012 season with the Dallas Cowboys, where he spent a bit of time playing for Rob Ryan. Ryan, of course, is now on the Bills' coaching staff.
After playing two more seasons in Dallas, Moore made his way to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last season, where he started a career-high nine games (he'd started seven the previous season in Dallas). The sub-5'10", 202-pound defender has 125 tackles, four interceptions, five forced fumbles, and a touchdown to his name in his six seasons; two of the interceptions and the touchdown came in his rookie season with New England.
Like the Bills' other free agent signing at cornerback this week, Moore has experience playing all over the defensive backfield, having spent time at safety and boundary cornerback. His size might make him a best-fit as a slot cornerback for the Bills, but having versatility will go a long way as the team tries to re-tool its secondary depth after some defections earlier this offseason.
Moore is the fifth unrestricted free agent that the Bills have signed this offseason, joining tight end Jim Dray, linebacker Zach Brown, cornerback Corey White, and safety Robert Blanton. All five players have agreed to one-year deals.