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Bills sign Kerley and Palepoi


The Bills added depth to the wide receiver group and defensive line with the signings of veterans WR Jeremy Kerley and DT Tenny Palepoi on Monday. Both players signed one-year contracts.

Kerley, 29, spent last season with the New York Jets as it was his second stint with the club that made him a fifth-round pick in 2011. In eight games last season he had 22 receptions for 217 yards and a touchdown.

He spent the 2016 season with the San Francisco 49ers, after signing with the club as a free agent and posted a career-high 64 receptions for 667 yards and three touchdowns.

Kerley (5-9, 188) is expected to compete for the slot receiver role in Buffalo's passing attack.

He led the Jets in receptions and receiving yards in 2012 and 2013 working a good deal out of the slot before his role was reduced under the club's new coaching staff.

Kerley is also an experienced punt returner with a career average of just under nine yards (8.7).


Palepoi, 27, was a rotational player in three of the last four seasons (2014, 2016-2017) for the Los Angeles Chargers, where he signed as an undrafted rookie in 2014. The defensive tackle missed the 2015 season with a fractured foot.

Last season he posted a career-best 20 tackles in a reserve role for the Chargers.

Palepoi already has a former college teammate on the roster in Lotulelei. He was Lotulelei's backup in college at Utah during the 2012 season.

A stocky run plugger at 6-2, 298 pounds, Palepoi is expected to compete for a rotational role in Buffalo's run front.

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