After injuries have taken apart a good measure of their front seven, the Bills are signing a veteran to try to add to one of the league’s worst pass rushes.
Buffalo has agreed to a one-year deal with former Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann, the team announced Monday. To make room for him, the Bills released injured outside linebacker IK Enenmkpali.
The eight-year veteran has 23.5 career sacks in 114 games with 37 starts, all with Atlanta.
Ironically, the soon-to-be 31-year-old spent last season as a backup on the only pass rush that produced fewer sacks than Buffalo’s 21. He played in 16 games with no starts for the Falcons and registered 51 total tackles, 2.5 sacks and a fumble recovery.
Biermann started 15 of 16 games with Atlanta the year before, registering 4.5 sacks in the process. The Montana product was also a near-full-time starter in 2010 with 14 starts, but he’s spent the rest of his career largely as a backup.
The Bills became even more in need at outside linebacker after Enemkpali tore his ACL in the preseason opener against the Colts. Enemkpali is best known for breaking Geno Smith’s jaw in a fight last August and then being released by the Jets, but he appeared in 11 games for Rex Ryan last season and was expected to take on a larger role at outside linebacker this season, particularly with first-round pass rusher Shaq Lawson out after shoulder surgery.
Buffalo also lost second-round inside linebacker Reggie Ragland to a torn ACL last week. He is expected to miss the entire season.