According to reports, the Buffalo Bills have signed defensive end Kroy Biermann to a one-year deal.
With two players already out for the 2016 season in Reggie Ragland and IK Enemkpali via torn ACL’s, the Bills were very thin at outside linebacker, and they needed to address it.
Enter Kroy Biermann. Biermann, drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the fifth round in 2008, brings a veteran presence and experience to the table with eight years in the NFL. Biermann has logged 23.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, along with 331 tackles over his career.
While not possessing eye-popping numbers, the production he’s gathered over his career suggest the one-year deal is reminiscent of a steal.
However, he is 30 years old, and the past off-field issues surrounding he and his wife were odd. In 2014, they were in a financial crisis after attempting to build a mansion in Atlanta. His wife, Kim Zolciak, dream home turned into a financial nightmare. Just weeks after Zolciak was forced to take out a $300k loan to finish construction on her Atlanta mansion, while also she’s been ordered to cough up thousands of dollars in back taxes — or move out. In addition, they have a family consisted of six kids. So caring for their loved ones in a financial nightmare was devastating for Kroy and Kim.
Back to the subject of football, Biermann is still a solid football player and he has some playing ability left in him.
At 6’3” 255 Lbs, he has the versatility to line up at defensive end or outside linebacker in Rex’s defense. Biermann is known to set the edge and contribute as a solid run defender, while also packing a pass rushing punch.
His size and stature recommend he’ll be a great edge defender opposite of Jerry Hughes, while transitioning to the interior with his hand in the dirt in “Nickel/Dime” packages, or on obvious passing downs. The Bills, however, are expecting first round pick Shaq Lawson to return by mid season, so his complete role on this team is still unknown. Nevertheless, he’s a reliable starter, and he’ll provide depth to an outside linebacker corps filled with late round draft picks and UDFA’s.
Reporting’s revealed the Bills had interest in Kroy Biermann back in the beginning of free agency. While they didn’t pull the trigger then, the Bills must be ecstatic that they were able to snag a player of his caliber well into training camp. A one-year deal is a very low-risk, high-reward type of deal that could end up paying massive dividends for the Bills.
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