Bills sign S Robert Blanton

Posted Mar 18, 2016

It didn't take long for free agent safety Robert Blanton to decide that Buffalo would be his landing spot this offseason. He signed a contract with the Bills at the end of his free agent visit Friday.

It was a visit that quickly turned into a signing. Free agent safety Robert Blanton toured One Bills Drive Friday and quickly put his signature on a contract with Buffalo before he left.

Blanton, 26, was a free agent safety who spent the first four years of his career with Minnesota, the team that made him a fifth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

He served primarily as a backup safety behind starter Harrison Smith with the Vikings and was a key contributor on Minnesota’s special teams units.

After playing cornerback in college at Notre Dame, Blanton moved to safety in the NFL and offers the coverage skills now needed at the safety position. In 2014, the only season where he was a regular starter, Blanton appeared in 15 games and registered 111 tackles to finish third on the team.

That season he had one of his best games against the Bills. Though the Vikings lost 18-17 on a last-second touchdown pass to Sammy Watkins, Blanton had an interception and a fumble recovery in the game.

Blanton (6-1, 200) will provide depth behind incumbent starters Corey Graham and Aaron Williams in the secondary.