Bills Begin Slide to 3-4 Defense, Sign Davis and Edwards

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IMarch 17, 2010

BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 27:  Dwan Edwards #93 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a play against the Cleveland Browns at M&T Bank Stadium on September 27, 2009 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Browns 34-3. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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The Buffalo Bills have been awfully quiet in free agency thus far, much to the chagrin of their faithful, yet often frustrated fan base. 

Then Tuesday, out of nowhere, they had LB Andra Davis, and Dwan Edwards in for visits

After meeting with the media, both Davis and Edwards signed with the club.

Davis inked a two-year deal worth $4.4 million, while Edwards' signed a four-year $18 million dollar contract. The details of Edwards' deal were finalized last Tuesday evening. 

Talk about a collective sigh of relief. 

Neither player instantly catapults the Bills to the top of the AFC, or the AFC East for that matter, but both are intricate pieces to the 3-4 that new defensive coordinator George Edwards has very publicly announced the Bills will switch to next season. 

I'd be shocked if Dwan Edwards, 28, isn't starting at one of the end positions in Week One next year. He's got 3-4 alignment experience with a nasty defense in Baltimore, and at 6'3'' 290 lbs, he's the typical size you'd like to see in your 3-4 defensive end. 

Davis, 31, is listed at 6'1'' 250, and immediately provides the linebacking unit with much needed depth. Last season, inside linebacker Kawika Mitchell missed all but three games to a knee injury, and Paul Posluszny was absent from the first fourth of the season after re-injuring his forearm against the Patriots in Week One. 

Both Mitchell and Posluszny are slated to man their inside spots in the 3-4, but Davis is a wily veteran that boosts morale in the locker room and adds speed and size to the middle of the defense. 

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After many were growing tired with the lack of action from the Bills, the Tuesday signings prove that the new management isn't ready to go 2-14 next season, and are doing whatever they can do make the 3-4 effective in 2010.