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Veteran OT Wayne Hunter signs with Bills


Bills head coach Rex Ryan gave indication that he would be signed. A couple of weeks after that statement the veteran offensive tackle is under contract. Wayne Hunter, who will be preparing for his first football season since 2012, signed with Buffalo.

Hunter, 33, worked with the Bills during their mandatory minicamp in mid-June as he participated in individual position drills over the course of the three day camp.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan has a prior working history with Hunter, who spent three (2009-2011) of his four NFL seasons with the New York Jets (2009-2012) under Ryan.

Ryan views Hunter as reliable veteran insurance at offensive tackle and maybe another position or two.

"He is a guy that did a tremendous job for us early," said Ryan of their time together in New York. "I think in an ideal world there are some players for whatever reason that are better in multiple roles and being almost like a utility guy, playing guard, tackle, tight end. Giving you a lot of that versatility, a smart athletic guy."

Hunter (6-5, 318) began his NFL career as a third-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks (2004) where he spent his first two professional season. After a year in Jacksonville, Hunter spent the next four years with the Jets before one final year in St. Louis (2012).

Buffalo's numbers at offensive tackle were a bit light heading into training camp as they had just four true tackles on the roster in Cordy Glenn, Seantrel Henderson, Cyrus Kouandjio and undrafted rookie Tyson Chandler.

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