Buffalo Bills starting right guard Jon Feliciano was lost for an indefinite amount of time last week when he needed to go under the knife to repair a torn pectoral muscle sustained while working out.
Nearly a week later, the Bills have found a possible replacement for Feliciano on the offensive line.
The Bills announced on Thursday that the team has signed former New York Jets starting guard Brian Winters to a one-year contract worth a reported $3 million.
The 29-year-old was released by the Jets on Sunday, and the Bills reportedly had immediate interest in the seven-year veteran. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the Bills had agreed to terms on a contract with Winters as soon as Monday.
Winters started 79 games over the course of his seven years with the Jets. He had injury issues while in New York, being placed on injured reserve four times, including last season when he missed seven games. In nine games played in 2019, Winters had a 64.6 grade from Pro Football Focus, had just one sack allowed, and was flagged for two penalties.
One potential replacement for Feliciano at right guard this season was second-year tackle Cody Ford. Many believe Ford would be better suited at guard, but the Bills drafted him to be a tackle. The signing of Winters seems to confirm that they want Ford to focus on playing outside.
Ryan Bates and Daryl Williams will likely battle Winters to start at right guard on opening day against the Jets in Orchard Park.
The Bills also announced on Thursday that rookie cornerback Dane Jackson has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list. To make room on the roster for Jackson, the team has released safety Garrett Taylor.