The Buffalo Bills have signed inside linebacker Zach Brown to a one-year contract. Rand Getlin of ESPN was the first to report the news. Shortly thereafter, Brown all but confirmed the news himself but sending the following tweet:
Brown has a legitimate chance to win the starting inside linebacker job next to Preston Brown in 2016. Currently, he’ll be competing against the likes of Kevin Reddick, A.J. Tarpley, and Tony Steward. Athleticism alone favors the newest Bills linebacker over any of the current options.
In his career, Brown has 261 combined tackles, along with 10 sacks, 13 passes defensed, six interceptions, and two defensive touchdowns. He’s coming off of a 2015 season in which he started in five games with the Tennessee Titans. He finished the season with 77 combined tackles, 0.5 sacks, three passes defensed, and two interceptions.
The one-year deal gives Brown a chance to prove himself not only to Buffalo’s coaching staff, but also to the rest of the league. If he wins the starting job alongside Preston Brown and performs well in 2016, he’ll generate plenty of interest next offseason.