January is the time for Buffalo to lock up practice squad players they'd like to carry on their offseason roster looking ahead to next season. They also seek available free agent talent that they feel would have a chance to challenge for a roster spot. Wide receiver David Clowney headed a list of seven future free agent signings by the Bills on Friday.
Clowney has been out of football since being waived by the Carolina Panthers before the start of this past season. He had six catches for 102 yards in 10 games with the Panthers in 2010.
He previously spent four seasons with the New York Jets, where he had 16 catches for 239 yards and a touchdown in 18 games.
Buffalo also signed free agent linebacker Scott McKillop, a former 2009 fifth-round pick by San Francisco. McKillop, who spent most of the past year rehabbing from a pair of major knee surgeries.
The 25-year old will be reunited with his former college head coach Dave Wannstedt, who coached McKillop at Pitt where he earned All-American honors. Early in his career with San Francisco he was considered a special teams standout.
Every one of Buffalo's other future free agent signings were more familiar faces. LB Robert Eddins, DB Prince Miller, DE Jay Ross, G Jake Vermiglio and G Keith Williams all finished the 2011 season on Buffalo's practice squad.