Entering the 2022 offseason the Bills had six defensive linemen on expiring contracts. On Thursday they began to address the vacancies by signing free agent DT Tim Settle to a two-year contract.
The Washington Commanders free agent has been a productive rotational player in his first four seasons as he played behind a starting unit made up of first-round draft choices. Built low to the ground with a wide frame, Settle often wins leverage battles at the line of scrimmage and penetrates into the offensive backfield to make plays.
Von Miller, Tim Settle, Jordan Phillips and OJ Howard + others arrive in Buffalo to sign their contracts.
Settle has the anchoring ability to play the nose tackle role in Buffalo's 4-3, but also possesses the quickness to rotate in for spot duty at the three-technique (outside shade of guard) defensive tackle position typically manned by Ed Oliver.
In 2020, when Settle played a career high 33 percent of the snaps he posted a career best 19 tackles, five sacks and seven quarterback hits. The Bills undoubtedly believe that Settle can deliver similar production in Buffalo's rotational system on their defensive line.
Set to turn just 25-years old in July, Settle is a former college teammate of Bills linebacker Tremaine Edmunds as the two were teammates for three years at Virginia Tech.
Here's a list of players the Bills have signed in free agency this year.