The Buffalo Bills really are doing an extensive search to fill out their roster.
The team turned to the China Arena Football League on Friday to sign defensive end Jake Metz, according to a tweet from the player's agent.
Great day for Defensive End Jake Metz who has signed with the Buffalo Bills.Sorry @soulfootball. But true testament to Soul scouting & AFL.
— Jerrold Colton (@Jerrold_Colton) April 7, 2017
Metz, 26, played for the Qingdao Clipper of the China Arena Football League after he was drafted in the third round of the league's inaugural draft. As Colton alluded to, he also played for the Arena Football League's Philadelphia Soul. A 6-foot-7, 265-pounder, Metz played at Div. II Shippensbugh University before going undrafted in the 2014 NFL Draft.
Additionally, the Bills have signed cornerback Bradley Sylve, according to the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson.
Bills sign former Alabama corner Bradley Sylve, according to a source
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 7, 2017
Sylve torn an Achilles' tendon during Alabama's Pro Day in 2016, leading to him going undrafted and spending last season out of football. During his college career, he had 40 tackles and seven passes defensed, while also contributing on special teams. In 2015, he had nine special teams tackles, which tied for the team lead. The 6-0, 180-pounder reportedly has been timed as fast as 4.27 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Once made official, the Bills will have 63 players under contract, still leaving plenty of work to do to fill out the 90-man roster that will go to training camp.