Report: Bills sign Washington DE Trent Murphy to three-year deal
Just prior to the official opening of free agency, the Buffalo Bills have reportedly added another free agent on the defensive line.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Bills will sign defensive end Trent Murphy to a three-year deal, reportedly worth a decent chunk of money, $21 million which could reach near $30 million
The former second-round pick of the Washington Redskins will certainly help the Bills address a big area of concern last season: rushing the passer. In 2017, the Bills were tied with the Giants with 27 sacks. That was the third-least in the NFL. Two years ago, Buffalo was eighth-best with 39 sacks.
On Wednesday morning only hours before reportedly signing with the Bills, Murphy bid farewell to the Redskins in a tweet:
The 27-year-old joins the Bills after not playing in 2017. Murphy missed all of last season after suffering a torn ACL during the preseason. The 6-foot-6, 259-pound outside linebacker had a breakout season in 2016, though, as he logged nine sacks and 47 combined tackles.The former Stanford Cardinal also served a four-game PED suspension while on injured reserve.
With the Bills, he’s likely to rush the pass from the defensive end position in their 4-3 scheme.
Murphy marks the third signing the Bills have made to address their pass rushing position this offseason. The team retained Eddie Yarbrough and added Owa Odighizuwa.
Buffalo notably rotated their defensive line front in their first season under head coach Sean McDermott, signalling the team would not use Murphy as a replacement for Jerry Hughes or Shaq Lawson.
But what it could signal is linebacker Preston Brown’s departure. Along with Murphy, the Bills added defensive tackle Star Lotulelei, signing him to a five-year deal. Numbers have yet to be released, but it’s assumed Lotulelei’s deal will not come cheap.
With two big investments made early in free agency in the front-seven with Murphy and Lotulelei, it’d be tough to think that the Bills would pony up nearly $9 million a season for Brown. Linebacker could be a position to watch for the Bills at the NFL draft, or when second-tier free agents begin signing after the first wave early this week.