Bills Sign RB Anthony Thomas, OG Reyes

The Buffalo Bills signed free agent running back Anthony Thomas on Friday, a day before the NFL draft. The Bills fill the need for an experienced and proven backup to Willis McGahee.

The signing reunites Thomas with new Bills coach Dick Jauron. The two spent three years together in Chicago when Jauron coached the Bears from 1999-2003. One year ago the Bills agressively pursued Thomas' services in the offseason before finally settling on the Dallas Cowboys. Contract terms were not immediately disclosed.

A five-year veteran, Thomas rushed for a career-high 1,183 yards and seven touchdowns as a rookie in 2001, helping the Bears to the NFC Central title. Two years later, Thomas had 1,024 yards and six touchdowns for Chicago. The former Michigan player's production has slipped the past two years. He gained 404 yards in 2004 with the Bears before rushing for only 92 yards on 43 carries last season when he split time in Dallas and New Orleans.

The Buffalo Bills Thursday signed free agent offensive guard Tutan Reyes, Carolina Panthers starter for last two seasons. The 28-year-old Reyes has 28 career starts over his six-year career, including all 16 games last year for Carolina.

Reyes was brought to Buffalo to compete with incumbent Bennie Anderson and second-year backup Duke Preston for the starting left guard spot. Terms of the deal were not disclosed

The moves comes 2 days before the NFL draft, allowing the Bills some flexibility in their early round selections to fill other team needs.

At 6'- 3" and 310 pounds, the Bills could consider switching the six-year veteran to tackle, where they have needs on both the left and right side. Reyes was a fifth-round draft pick by the Saints in 2000, spending two seasons in New Orleans before signing with the Carolina Panthers in 2002.


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