The Buffalo Bills signed a free agent Monday who should be plenty familiar with his new surroundings.
Defensive lineman Alex Carrington, who spent the first four seasons of his NFL career in Buffalo before playing in St. Louis in 2014, has re-signed with the Bills. NFL.com reported Monday it is a one-year contract.
Carrington, 27, is a former third-round draft pick of the Bills in 2010 out of Arkansas State. He made 53 tackles (14 for losses), four sacks, six passes defensed and one forced fumble during his time with the team, and also earned the nickname "Megahand" for blocking six field goals or extra points. Four of those came in the 2012 season, setting a team record.
Carrington started the first three games in 2013 as the "five technique" defensive end in former defensive coordinator Mike Pettine's scheme and was on pace to have a career year before a knee injury ended his season.
A 6-foot-5, 301-pounder, he played sparingly in St. Louis, appearing in eight games and making just one tackle.
Given that the Bills will run a defensive scheme in 2015 under Rex Ryan that bares some similarities to the one in 2013, reuniting with Carrington makes sense. He will likely play a similar role to the one he held in 2013 -- primarily being counted on to stop the run. He joins Stefan Charles and Corbin Bryant in providing depth along the defensive line.