The Buffalo Bills have made a late splash in free agency by agreeing to terms with former Los Angeles Rams standout pass-rusher Leonard Floyd.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Floyd has signed a one-year deal with the Bills, adding another key rotational piece on the edge of their defense.
With this signing, the Bills are pairing up their star veteran pass-rusher, Von Miller, with a new partner in Floyd. Miller and Floyd previously played together during the 2021 season with the Rams, when the team went on to win the Super Bowl.
This reunion could potentially provide a formidable pass-rushing duo for the Bills, giving opposing offenses a tough challenge to overcome.
While Floyd’s performance with the Chicago Bears didn’t quite meet the expectations of the 9th overall pick in the 2016 Draft, he has found success since joining the Rams.
Leonard Floyd has been a consistent force in recent years, recording at least nine sacks in each of the past three seasons. Additionally, he has accumulated a total of 28 tackles for loss over that span, showcasing his ability to disrupt plays in the backfield.
Known for his rare combination of size and speed, Floyd started to produce at a higher level once he left the Bears. In his first season with the Rams, he recorded a career-high 10.5 sacks in 16 games, marking his first double-digit sack season. Furthermore, Floyd has been a durable player, starting every possible game since 2018, which adds another valuable asset to the Bills’ defense.
The addition of Leonard Floyd comes on the heels of the Bills signing their own defensive tackle, Ed Oliver, to a substantial $68 million contract extension. These moves indicate that Buffalo is actively gearing up for the upcoming 2023 season and making a strong push to solidify their defense.
With Miller, Floyd, Oliver, and other talented players on their roster, the Bills’ defense is shaping up to be a formidable unit that can potentially wreak havoc on opposing offenses.