BUFFALO, N.Y. [WKBW] — Buffalo Bills GM Brandon Beane seems to do his best work at night. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Bills made two separate deals to bolster their defensive line -- signing both Vernon Butler for Carolina and Quinton Jefferson from Seattle to two-year deals.
According to Rapoport, the Butler deal is worth approximately $16M. The terms of the Jefferson deal have yet to be released.
A former first-round pick, Butler is coming off his best season as a pro, in which he recorded 32 total tackles and 6.0 sacks. The 25-year-old tackle started nine games for the Panthers, appearing in 14. Butler also forced three fumbles this season and added seven tackles for loss.
Jefferson started 12 games for the Seahawks last year, recording 3.5 sacks. The 26-year-old DT had 26 total tackles and 10 QB hits.
Jefferson told ESPN's Josina Anderson: "They showed me the most interest. They are a playoff team and I think they have a lot of great talent."
Both additions add depth to the Bills defensive line, which just a few days ago seemed to be one of the weaker positions on the depth chart. With Ed Oliver, Star Lotuleilei, and Harisson Phillips, the Bills now have tremendous depth and versatility on the defensive line.