The free agent period has mostly wound down throughout the National Football League, but the Buffalo Bills are continuing to try and fill out their roster. On Thursday, they hosted yet another free agent on a visit to One Bills Drive in Orchard Park.
According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, the Bills welcomed in free agent linebacker Justin Durant for a free agent visit -- a position that hasn't seen many notable additions since the beginning of the offseason.
Durant, 31, is entering his 11th season in the NFL and spent 2016 as a member of the Dallas Cowboys. In 2016, the linebacker didn't start a single game for Dallas, instead, he appeared in 13 total games and made 37 tackles along the way.
In addition to Dallas, Durant has spent time with the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions, and Jacksonville Jaguars during his career.
Joe B's Take
At this point in Durant's career, I don't know that we should expect him to come in and be the starting player that he once was through the four different destinations of his career. Even if he doesn't play, he's a clear fit for Sean McDermott's 4-3 defensive scheme and would add some much-needed depth to the position.
At this moment, the Bills would be starting Ramon Humber and Lorenzo Alexander as the outside linebackers. While Alexander is likely to uphold that role, it remains unclear if the Bills are serious about starting Humber at the other outside linebacker position.
If they were to add Durant, it would add a potential special teams player, a veteran in the locker room for training camp at least, and in the event that the Bills cannot add a substantial linebacker in the draft, he would serve as competition for Humber to obtain the starting role.
While it's not an incredible signing, the Bills would be adding to a group that needs capable players and having done it for as long as he has, Durant has proved that he knows how to make a home in the NFL.
The Bills, even if they add Durant, still must look to find a linebacker at some point in the 2017 NFL Draft.