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Vernon Butler, Quinton Jefferson Reportedly Agree to 2-Year Contracts with Bills

Blake SchusterCorrespondent IMarch 18, 2020

Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Quinton Jefferson in action during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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The Buffalo Bills continue to make major moves as the NFL offseason moves into the free-agency signing period.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Bills have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Vernon Butler on a two-year deal with $9.3 million guaranteed. Also getting a two-year deal from Buffalo is defensive end Quinton Jefferson, per Rapoport.

Terms of Jefferson's deal have not been made public yet.

Only one day after a blockbuster trade to acquire wideout Stefon Diggs from the Minnesota Vikings, the Bills have continued to signal they're all-in on 2020.

With quarterback Tom Brady out in New England and Buffalo coming off a year in which it went 10-6 and finished second in the AFC East behind the Patriots, it's no surprise to see the franchise come out swinging as free agency prepares to get underway Wednesday.

So far that's meant completely revamping its defense. In addition to Jefferson and Butler, the team will reportedly add edge-rusher Mario Addison on a three-year, $30.45 million deal and cornerback Josh Norman on a one-year, $6 million contract.

Butler, a first-round pick by the Carolina Panthers in 2016, is coming off a season in which he recorded 32 total tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles in 14 games—easily the most productive of his four years in Carolina.

The 25-year-old posted those numbers while playing just 40 percent of the Panthers' defensive snaps, per Pro Football Reference.

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Jefferson, 26, was selected in the fifth-round in 2016 by the Seattle Seahawks and posted a career-best 26 tackles, 3.5 sacks and three pass deflections in 2019. The defensive end played just 55 percent of Seattle's defensive snaps last season.

With the AFC East seemingly up for grabs, the Bills are doing all they can to make sure they're ready to contend, not just for the division, but the playoffs as well.

     

Reported deals via NFL.com's free-agency tracker.