A power running game needs a fullback so when the free agent market opened Buffalo didn't waste any time bringing Minnesota free agent Jerome Felton into the fold, signing the fullback to a contract less than a day after he arrived in Buffalo Tuesday evening.
The Bills dispatched Assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn by private plane to pick Felton up and bring him back to Buffalo late Tuesday. A multi-year deal was struck by the middle of the day on Wednesday.
"It was first class all the way and they let me know their intentions from the get-go," said Felton. "There was a lot of excitement around it and I know I'm wanted here and I feel good about it and I'm just ready to be a Buffalo Bill."
Felton (6-0, 248) is considered one of the most accomplished blockers on the market, and was directly referenced by Bills RB LeSean McCoy during his press conference Tuesday when he had gotten word that Felton was coming to Buffalo for a free agent visit. The free agent fullback got the chance to meet McCoy and the two struck up a quick rapport. "I got to meet LeSean Tuesday and we hit it off right off the bat," said Felton. "We're going to have a good year and I told him life is going to get easier for him. We're both excited about it. I played with another great running back in Minnesota and LeSean is cut from the same cloth so I'm looking forward to it."
What was also attractive for Felton was offensive coordinator Greg Roman's plans to implement a power running scheme this year.
"They want to play tough, physical football. That's Greg Roman and coach Ryan, it's everybody here. They've all bought in and there's a lot of excitement right now. It's going to be tough and there are going to be times when we have to push through, but there's so much energy that I'm ready to go to work right now. It'll be exciting to see what the future holds."
Originally a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2008, the 28-year old has played the last three seasons with Minnesota. He's primarily served as the road grader for perennial Pro Bowl running back Adrian Peterson in his time with the Vikings.
The fullback earned an NFC Pro Bowl nod himself in 2012. Felton was also named 2nd Team All-Pro that season. This past year Felton ranked sixth among fullbacks in terms of blocking efficiency according to ProFootballFocus.
Felton has already heard about the loyalty of the Bills fan base and experienced their passion first hand last season when the Vikings lost to Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium last season in Week 7.
"They kind of have that college atmosphere here. They come out and they support the team. They're in it all the way," said Felton. "I've already gotten some Twitter messages from fans and I've been well received so far. I can assure them that they're going to get the best Jerome Felton they can and do everything I can for this football team. It's time to win and the time is now."
Originally a fifth-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2008, the 28-year old has played the last three seasons with Minnesota. He???s primarily served as the road grader.