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Bills sign TE Onobun

Posted Dec 9, 2011

With a vacant roster spot and potential positional need at tight end, the Bills signed free agent Fendi Onobun to their 53-man roster Friday. Onobun (6’6” 249) is a former sixth-round draft choice of the St. Louis Rams in 2010.

Onobun appeared in three games for the Rams as a rookie last season making a pair of receptions for 15 yards before a back injury landed him on injured reserve.

An athletic prospect with a lot of upside Onobun actually played four years of college basketball at Arizona before transferring to play football for one season at Houston under an NCAA rule that allows an athlete an additional season of eligibility if they choose to play another sport.

Onobun did not make the Rams final roster coming out of training camp this past summer and was initially picked up by the Seattle Seahawks and signed to their practice squad. He also spent time with the Washington Redskins and Jacksonville Jaguars on their practice squads.

He was most recently signed by the Jaguars to their active roster off of the Redskins practice squad on Nov. 14th and appeared in Monday night’s game against the Chargers. Onobun was released subsequently released by the club on Tuesday.

Bills starting tight end Scott Chandler is currently nursing an ankle injury and looking less and less likely to play on Sunday. Still, it’s unlikely that Onobun would be active for Sunday’s game with tight ends Mike Caussin and Lee Smith already on the roster.