The Boston Globe reported that veteran cornerback Fernando Bryant worked out with the Buffalo Bills Tuesday.
Bryant was in training camp with New England during the summer, but didn't make the cut. Scout.com's Adam Caplan ranks Bryant as the top available cornerback on the market. Caplan writes, "He could start for a team or at least handle a nickel role. However, Bryant has had his share of injuries over the years."
Fernando Bryant had ups and downs in Detroit
The nine-year vet has been a mainstay starter for Jacksonville and Detroit through his career. Last season with the Lions he finished with 69 tackles, 13 pass breakups (2nd highest in his career) and two interceptions.
Bryant was considered a cost-effective signing by the Patriots last off-season. The Pats overloaded with DB signings after losing Asante Samuel in free agency. But injuries are dogging the pro late in his career.
Good forward-thinking by Buffalo. There's no telling when (or if) McGee will return to 100 percent. Rather than wait it out and have a hobbled McGee or ineffective Leodis McKelvin get eaten up in coverage, the team is examining its options.
Bryant isn't a savior, but he could be a savvy stop-gap for the rest of this season. Such a signing isn't uncommon. Champions in every scalpel through the waiver wire in midseason to pick up a missing piece. Bryant could be the rent-a-player that at least gets the Bills through this rough patch of pass-heavy offenses they'll face.
If Bryant's workout did indeed go well and he is fully healthy, the Bills should hop on this low-risk opportunity.