C-G Doug Legursky signed by Bills


A day after hosting free agent center-guard for a visit at One Bills Drive, Buffalo signed the four-year veteran to a contract.

Legursky joked that he must've done something right on his visit to garner a contract offer from the club, but also admitted that he was very interested in Buffalo after meeting the coaching staff.

"There's just a vibe they have here," Legursky told Buffalobills.com. "They have an electricity here. They're an amped up coaching staff. I really think they're going to do well and I'm just glad to be a part of it and part of an organization that trusts me. They brought me in and hopefully they'll lead us to a championship."

Legursky (6'1" 315), a former undrafted signing of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2008, spent his first four NFL seasons in Pittsburgh. The 26-year old appeared in all 16 games for the Steelers in 2012 including three starts. He has appeared in 50 games in his career with 17 total starts.

And though a good number of his time on the field has been at center, the guard position isn't foreign to him.

"I've had a starting season at guard," Legursky said. "I've played just as much guard as I have center, but whatever they need me to do, right, left, center, fullback, tackle, just throw me in there and I'll get the job done."

The center-guard expects to compete for the starting left guard competition that has no incumbent starter returning from last season following the free agent departure of Andy Levitre as well as spot starter Chad Rinehart. To this point the competition has included Colin Brown, rookie Zach Chibane, Chris Scott, Thomas Welch and Sam Young.

"Nobody is in this league to be a backup," said Legursky. "Everybody wants to be on the field and contribute to wins. I'm not here to be a swing guy. If that's what I'm called upon to do then I'll not say a peep about it and I'll do it. But I'm coming in here fighting for a spot and that should be everybody's attitude."

Legursky is also expected to push second-year lineman David Snow for the backup center role behind starter Eric Wood.

Entering his fifth NFL season, Legursky has appeared in playoff games with the Steelers including his first career start, which came in Super Bowl XLV when he replaced an injured Maurkice Pouncey. It's valuable experience for an offensive line that doesn't have much of that to draw upon.

"Playing in multiple playoff games and multiple championship games all the way to the Super Bowl, for young guys and even veterans that haven't been a part of that it's a different beast," Legursky said. "For me to just give a little bit of advice leading up to those games is the least I can do. For them to see that I've played in the big games and stuff like that then hopefully they can trust me right off the bat, but I can't just show up and say that I've been in the big games. I've got to earn that trust."

Legursky is set to turn 27 this coming Sunday.

To make room on the roster for Legursky the Bills released LB Greg Lloyd.

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