The Buffalo Bills have made their first addition to the defensive line during the 2022 free agency period.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, defensive tackle Tim Settle has agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Bills.
On Monday, the NFL’s “legal tampering period” began. Pending free agents and teams can agree to terms on contracts, however, they cannot officially be signed until Wednesday at 4 p.m., this deal falls under that umbrella.
In Settle, the Bills sign a younger free agent. The 24-year-old hits the market after starting his career with the Washington Commanders.
Settle was selected by Washington in the fifth-round of the 2018 NFL draft out of Virginia Tech. There, Settle was college teammates with Buffalo’s starting middle linebacker Tremaine Edmunds.
Settle’s departure from the Commanders likely has to do with his desire for more playing time.
In Washington, Settle was buried on the depth chart behind Jonathan Allen and Daron Payne in the middle of the defensive line.
In Buffalo, Settle will have company, but he might get a better look actually getting on the field even with the rotation the Bills play on their defensive line.
Pro Football Focus recently named Settle a “free-agent fit” for the Bills. The football analytics outlet also gave Settle a career-high grade in 2021, a 70.1 overall mark.
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