The Buffalo Bills didn’t finish tackling depth along their offensive line.
The team announced on Monday that it has signed veteran striker Greg Van Rueten, a veteran of eight years.
Van Rutten, 32, spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets. He played in all 17 games last season and made 10 appearances at right-back before losing his place at the start. He participated in 13 matches as the right-hander in the 2020 season before he was injured in the foot in the injured reserve.
Prior to that, he started 27 games and made 37 appearances over a three-year period with the Carolina Panthers from 2017 to 2019. Van Roten began his career as an uncredited free agent with Green Bay, playing 10 games over two seasons.
Van Rutten was a survivor of his career. He spent 2014 out of football after being released by the Packers, then played two seasons in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts before returning to the NFL with the Panthers in 2017. In 2018, Van Roetten was the only player to Play in the Carolina offensive every shot. He signed a three-year contract worth up to $10.5 million with the Jets ahead of the 2020 season.
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He was released last month in a move that saved the Jets $3.5 million in salary cap space.
Van Rutten is vying with Greg Munch, Ike Poetger, Jacob Capra and Cody Ford for backup positions on the inside of the Bells’ offensive line behind expected starters Roger Savold, Mitch Morse and Ryan Bates.
At 6-foot-3 and 305-pounder, Van Rutten’s 50 made a career start.