Bills think Posey about to blossom

The Bills wasted little time signing linebacker Jeff Posey, an unrestricted free agent who played for the Houston Texans last season. Posey, 27, can play as a down lineman and a linebacker. He was a defensive end at Southern Mississippi before San Francisco signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1997.

Posey recorded eight sacks as weakside linebacker in the Houston Texans' 3-4 scheme last season. Many of his sacks came when he was a down lineman. He showed good speed around the corner and an ability to gain enough leverage against a tackle to dictate where he was going to go. He's not just a pure speed-rusher. He has some physicalness to him.

Tom Donahoe indicated the 6'4", 249-pound Posey would be a strongside linebacker in Buffalo. But he really can play either side. He's two inches taller than last year's starting strongside linebacker Keith Newman, which should be an advantage over Newman in pass coverage. Usually, tight ends are taller than 6'2".

The 49ers cut Posey in April 2001. The Eagles signed him in June 2001 and waived him in August 2001. The Panthers signed him in October 2001 and waived him in November 2001. The Jaguars signed him the day after that, but they did not re-sign him that off-season. So he went to Houston.

NFL general managers primarily knew Posey as a special-teamer. That skill can't be overlooked, particularly with the Bills' seemingly always-struggling special teams. But the Bills brass thinks Posey is on the verge of really breaking out in the NFL.

The 49ers tried to convert him to middle linebacker, but that didn't work out. He was better outside.

Posey agreed to a four-year, $6.425 million contract, including a $1.75 million signing bonus, wrote ESPN's Len Pasquarelli …

The Bills traded a future undisclosed draft pick for fifth-year Cleveland tight end Mark Campbell. The 27-year-old Campbell, 6'6, 260 pounds, caught 25 passes for 179 yards and three touchdowns during 16 starts last year. The Browns signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1999 from Michigan, which, ironically, is where Jay Riemersma went. Cleveland used Campbell primarily as a blocker, which Riemersma was weak at …

The Bills are supposed to meet with Colts unrestricted free agent strongside linebacker Mike Peterson. Peterson can play either outside position. He switched to strongside last year. He's quick and has a nose for the ball, intercepting seven passes the last three years, but he's not a huge pass-rusher. He does, however, finish plays, leading the Colts in tackles with 103.

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