Bills Notebook: Corner signs

Buffalo inks fourth-round cornerback, releases tight end and former lineman Mitch Frerotte dies.

The Buffalo Bills have now locked up two of the three cornerbacks they drafted in last April's draft.

On Wednesday, the Bills signed Akron cornerback Reggie Corner to an undisclosed contract. Buffalo took Corner at the 114th overall pick in the fourth round.

Corner started all four years at Akron and put up staggering numbers in the Mid American Conference. He had 197 tackles, 15 interceptions and one fumble recovery in his collegiate career. As a senior, Corner was named to the conference's first-team with 52 tackles and seven picks, good for 4th in the country.

Corner is expected to compete for a nickel or dime cornerback spot in the Bills' defensive backfield. Buffalo drastically revamped its secondary this off-season by drafting Leodis McKelvin, Corner and Kennard Cox and adding William James in free agency.

Teyo Johnson let go

The Bills cut loose tight end Teyo Johnson and quarterback Luke Drone yesterday.

Johnson figured to compete for a roster spot in the Bills' unsettled group of tight ends. A former standout wide receiver at Stanford, the 6-foot-6, 260-pound Johnson has 26 career receptions for 288 yards and three touchdowns.

Oakland drafted Johnson 31st overall in 2003, but the tight end never really caught on and was let go after two seasons. Last season with Arizona, Johnson played in seven games and made only three catches.

Frerotte Dies

Former Buffalo reserve lineman Mitch Frerotte had a heart attack and died in his Kittanning, Pa. home on Wednesday.

The 43-year-old Frerotte reportedly died of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which is a thickening of the heart muscle. His family has had a history of such problems.

Frerotte decisively cut his own identity during his tenure with the Bills (1987, 1989-92). He grew long blond hair, sported multiple tattoos and applied black face paint around his eyes. He played in 58 total games for Buffalo with three starts.

"In this game, I can be as free-spirited as I want," Frerotte told The Buffalo News in 1990. "Guys who are doctors, lawyers, businessmen, whatever, they can't be that way. They have to have a certain kind of image. But in football, it's a matter of who's sicker out on the field on Sunday. And I have the opportunity to just be crazy and nuts."

Frerotte was the cousin of current NFL quarterback Gus Frerotte.


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