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Bills sign free agent P Jon Ryan

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A day after being cut by the Seattle Seahawks, veteran punter Jon Ryan has a job in Buffalo. The Bills signed Ryan on Tuesday.

Ryan, 36, asked Seattle to release him after the punting job was given to rookie fifth-round pick Michael Dickson.

The veteran punter spent 10 seasons in Seattle averaging 44.8 yards per kick. In 2017, Ryan was right around his career average for gross punting (44.7) and net punting average (38.7). His 29 punts downed inside the 20-yard line last season were the most he’s had in a season since 2012 when he had 30. 

Ryan is also a former teammate of Bills kicker Stephen Hauschka. The two were teammates in Seattle for six seasons (2011-2016).

Buffalo lost punter Cory Carter to a torn ACL after a Browns player ran into him during last Friday’s game. He has since been waived/injured.

Colton Schmidt has been the Bills primary punter each of the last four seasons.

To make room for Ryan, the Bills released Tyler Davis.

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