Bills GM Brandon Beane’s flurry of free agent signings on Wednesday was only the first wave of additions. On Thursday the Bills signed Jets free agent return man Andre Roberts to a two-year deal.
Roberts was a menace on kick returns for the entire league last season, including the Bills. Buffalo apparently decided it’s better having Roberts on their roster.
The 31-year old had a breakout season in 2018, setting career highs in punt return and kick return yardage while with the Jets. He also tied for the league lead in punt return average (14.1) and was second in the league in kick return average, with a gaudy figure of 29.4.
It earned him his first Pro Bowl selection as the AFC special teams player.
He had both a kick return and punt return for a touchdown last season for New York, the fifth NFL club he has played for in his 10-year career.
Roberts was a problem for the Bills in their two meetings with the Jets last season. The kick returner had 10 total returns in those two games for 308 yards, which included a 51 and 86-yard return in the Jets Week 14 win at Buffalo.
The veteran returner figures to provide a shot in the arm for a Bills return game that ranked 21st in punt return average and 24th in kick return average last year.
Roberts also has receiving experience with 254 career receptions for almost 3,000 yards and 15 touchdowns.
With the 2019 free agency period officially open, here's a look at Buffalo's acquisitions.