After a parade of free agent running backs made visits to One Bills Drive this offseason, the Bills wound up signing the player who was the last to visit as they agreed to terms with veteran Dominic Rhodes Saturday.
Rhodes, 30, visited with Buffalo this past Tuesday, and will be entering his ninth season in the league with the Bills after spending most of his career with the Indianapolis Colts.
From the start of the free agent period Buffalo made it clear they wanted a proven veteran for their third running back role behind Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson.
With Lynch suspended by the league for the first three games, the team needed a reliable back to complement Jackson, who is expected to handle the bulk of the load in Lynch's absence.
Rhodes (5'9", 203) has been a complementary back for most of his career serving behind Edgerrin James and Joseph Addai in his career. He was instrumental in the Colts' Super Bowl run in 2006 with an inspired 21 carries for 113 yards (5.4 avg.) and a touchdown in Indy's Super Bowl XLI victory over Chicago.
The veteran back is coming off a season in which he set a career high in receptions with 45 in 2008 as well as a career-high nine touchdowns.