Jordan Mills will be back to compete for the right tackle job with the Buffalo Bills in 2017. (James P. McCoy/Buffalo News)

The Buffalo Bills are bringing back one of their starters from last season – much to the consternation of some of their fans.

The team announced Saturday it has re-signed right tackle Jordan Mills. It's a two-year deal worth up to $4 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Mills, 26, started every game last season for the Bills, taking 97 percent of the offensive snaps. Although he has plenty of experience, with 50 career starts, he was viewed as the weak link on the Bills' offensive line in 2016. The analytics website Pro Football Focus graded Mills 64th out of 78 qualifying offensive tackles, charging him with nine sacks, six quarterback hits and 44 hurries. The Bills appeared on the verge of handing the right tackle job over to Seantrel Henderson midway through the season, until he was suspended for a second time.

The Bills signed Vladimir Ducasse earlier in free agency, and could have him compete with Mills, who won't be guaranteed a starting job, or even a roster spot, at his salary.

Earlier Saturday, ESPN's Jeff Darlington reported that the Bills planned to host free-agent right tackle Andre Smith on a visit Sunday.

It's not immediately clear whether re-signing Mills will change that plan.

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