Reports: Bills to sign defensive linemen Vernon Butler and Quinton Jefferson

March 17, 2020 - 9:13 pm

There's just something about the sun going down that leads to the Bills making moves. One night after trading for WR Stefon Diggs and signing DE Mario Addison and LB A.J. Klein, the Bills have reportedly agreed to terms with two more defensive linemen, Quinton Jefferson of the Seahawks and Vernon Butler of the Panthers, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

Jefferson will turn 27 year old at the end of this month. He entered the league as fifth round pick out of Maryland in 2016. After two years of playing only nine games for the Seahawks, he started 24 games over the last two seasons, collecting 59 total tackles and 7.5 sacks in his four-year career. In Seattle, the 6-foot-4, 291-pound Jefferson played both defensive tackle and defensive end in their hybrid 4-3/3-4 defense, but in Buffalo he'll most likely fit in on the interior defensive line.

Butler, who will turn 26 this offseason, is a 2016 first round pick of the Panthers out of Louisiana Tech, when Bills head coach Sean McDermott was the team's defensive coordinator. New Bills defensive line coach Eric Washington was his defensive coordinator for the past two seasons there. Although he failed to live up to his first round status through his first three years in Carolina, the 6-foot-4, 330-pound oundButler had a breakout year in 2019, collecting six sacks and 32 total tackles.

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