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By the numbers: Free agency and the Bills

Posted Mar 11, 2014

Notes and numbers related to the Bills activity in free agency since free agency began in its current format in 1993.

495

Tackles that London Fletcher had in his five seasons with the Bills after signing as an Unrestricted free agent in 2002

57

Unrestricted free agents have signed with the Bills (Chris Spielman, 1996).

56

Restricted free agents have re-signed with the Bills (Phil Hansen, 1994).

52

Unrestricted free agents have re-signed with the Bills (Steve Tasker, 1997).

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33

Offensive unrestricted free agents have signed with the Bills. (Josh Reed, 2006).

28

Games started by unrestricted free agents that signed with the Bills last season: Alan Branch (13), Manny Lawson (15)

23.5

Sacks recorded by DE Mario Williams since signing with the Bills in 2012

23

Defensive unrestricted free agents have signed with the Bills. (LB Kawika Mitchell, 2008)

17.5

Sacks recorded by LB Bryce Paup in 1995 after coming to the Bills as an unrestricted free agent.

9

Pro Bowl appearances by UFA’s signed by the Bills: Bryce Paup (3), Ted Washington (3), Sam Gash (2), Mario Williams (1).

8

Most unrestricted free agents signed by the Bills in one year (2006: DT Larry Triplett, DB Kiwaukee Thomas, C Melvin Fowler, RB Anthony Thomas, TE Robert Royal, WR Andre' Davis, QB Craig Nall, G Tutan Reyes).

7

Guards and linebackers account for the positions most signed in free agency.

2

Restricted free agents have signed with the Bills from a different team (last Rian Lindell from Seattle in 2003).

1

Transition Player (LB Takeo Spikes) has signed with the Bills. Spikes was named to two Pro Bowls and one All-Pro team in his time in Buffalo.

1

Bryce Paup in 1995 became the only unrestricted free agent signed from another team to be voted to an All-Pro team.

DID YOU KNOW:

WR Bill Brooks was the first unrestricted free agent to sign with Buffalo.