As players were reporting to training camp at St. John Fisher Tuesday, general manager Buddy Nix was already discussing possible tinkering with the team’s roster. Though he feels a lot better about the depth of the squad in a lot of areas, there is still one particular position where the veteran personnel man believes they made need to make an addition.
“The one place I’m a little concerned is our depth at safety,” said Nix. “We’ve got three guys and we’d like to have four there that can play. Other than that I think we’re pretty deep.”
Nix is referring to incumbent starters
In a year in which the Bills are gunning for the postseason, and have seen what a rash of injuries can do to their fortunes last season, Nix is looking to add a dependable fourth safety.
"Here’s what we don’t want to do," said Nix. "I’d rather not have to move somebody back there if we got somebody hurt. I think that is unfair to them. Sometimes you have to do it. We may have to do it. It really is unfair to them and unfair to our team. If we can be alert here on waivers and whatever is available then we might bring in a safety."
Nix and his pro personnel staff, led by Tom Gibbons, has been opportunistic the past two seasons picking players up on waivers like TE
Buffalo is currently at the offseason roster limit of 90 and would have to move a player off the roster should they have a successful waiver claim.
Though the Bills seem content to monitor the waiver wire for a suitable addition, there are still veteran free agent safeties available. Among the safeties still out there that could be appealing is Husain Abdullah, a starter the past two seasons in Minnesota. Other veteran safeties that could be willing to accept a backup role include Deon Grant, who played for the New York Giants the last two seasons. Former Lions safety Chris Harris and former Jets safety Jim Leonhard are other options, though Leonhard is coming off a major knee injury.
Leonhard suffered a torn patellar tendon last season on Dec. 11, the same injury