Despite the NFL free agency frenzy that occurred roughly two weeks ago, ILB Kirk Morrison still hadn't found a team to call his own until August 24. NBC Sports' Jay Glazer has reported that the former Oakland Raider and Jacksonville Jaguars middle linebacker has agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Buffalo Bills.
Glazer reported that Pro Football Focus, a site dedicated to in-depth statistics for both players and teams, had Morrison highly graded in the run defense department. As many fans know, the Bills were the league's worst against the run, allowing an average of roughly 170 yards per game on the ground, and almost 3,000 yards on the season.
Morrison brings toughness and veteran leadership to a young team looking to prove the critics wrong. He hasn't missed a game in his six-year career, recording five consecutive seasons of at least 116 tackles, before making just 89 last season with the Jaguars.
In addition to that, he also has recorded five sacks, six forced fumbles, seven interceptions, 41 tackles for a loss and 20 pass deflections.
This move brings questions of just how serious Sheppard's injury is, as he hasn't suited up for the first two preseason games, but it also brings competition to the second inside linebacker role.
As of now, Morrison will be battling with veterans Andra Davis, Reggie Torbor and youngster Arthur Moats for playing time.
Buddy Nix and the rest of the Bills front office definitely made a statement this offseason that they weren't going to accept mediocrity on the defensive side of the ball, adding three key linebackers, and drafting a top-tier defensive end.
While the Bills still have a lot of work to do as a whole, I can bet they will be a lot better against the run this year than last.