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Buffalo Bills to host Matt Slauson on free agent visit

Slauson started 48 games for Rex Ryan's Jets from 2009-11, and could shake up the Bills' depth chart in an unexpected way if signed

Free agent guard Matt Slauson, who was released by the Chicago Bears on Sunday, has a free agent visit scheduled with the Buffalo Bills, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Caplan.

Caplan's ESPN colleague, Mike Rodak, adds that the Bills are kicking the tires on the 6'5", 320-pound Slauson as a potential option at right tackle, where they are a bit unsettled.

Slauson, 30, was a sixth-round pick of the New York Jets in the 2009 NFL Draft, and spent his first three professional years playing for Rex Ryan with that organization. He started all 48 games in that time frame, and after the 2011 season, he ended up with the Chicago Bears, where he started all 37 of the games he appeared in. Slauson was considered one of the better left guards in football during the 2015 season, but the Bears cut him after using a second-round pick on their new left guard, Cody Whitehair, in this past weekend's draft.

The Bills appear set at four of their five starting offensive line spots, with Cordy Glenn, Richie Incognito, Eric Wood, and John Miller all likely to return to their starting roles. Right tackle is a different story; incumbent starter Seantrel Henderson is dealing with a medical issue, 2014 second-round pick Cyrus Kouandjio has yet to seriously contend for the job, and journeyman Jordan Mills is therefore the odds-on favorite to open training camp with the ones at that spot. Slauson is a versatile player, having played both guard and center in his career, but eyeing him as a right tackle would be an interesting twist to the story.

At any rate, Slauson also has a free agent visit scheduled with the San Diego Chargers, as well. Before we start talking about how Slauson might shake up the Bills' right tackle depth chart, let's first see how their pursuit of him goes.