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Bills' connections to teams in Super Bowl LII

The Bills have several connections to players and coaches in Super Bowl LII:

PATRIOTS

Stephon Gilmore, cornerback. Bills’ first-round pick in 2012 and was with the team until the 2016 season. Signed as a free agent with the Patriots in the offseason.

Mike Gillislee, running back. Spent the 2015 and ’16 seasons with the Bills and had eight rushing touchdowns in 2016. Signed with the Patriots in the offseason.

Eric Lee, defensive tackle. Was with the Bills for the beginning of this season and was signed off the practice squad by the Patriots in late November.

Alan Branch, defensive tackle. Spent the 2013 season with the Bills and was cut during training camp in 2014 after being arrested for DUI. He signed with the Patriots that October.

Chris Hogan, wide receiver. Signed to the Bills’ practice squad in 2012 and made his regular season debut late in the season. He was with the team until 2015 and then signed as a free agent with with the Patriots.

Lerente McCray, linebacker. Traded to the Bills from the Packers for a conditional 2018 draft pick before the 2016 season. He had 16 tackles in 13 games in his lone season in Buffalo. He then signed with the Patriots last offseason.

EAGLES

Jim Schwartz, defensive coordinator. Spent one season as the Bills’ defensive coordinator in 2014 under head coach Doug Marrone. The Bills lead the league in sacks that season.

Frank Reich, offensive coordinator. The quarterback was a Bills’ third-round draft choice in 1985 out of Maryland and was with the team until 1994. That span included his role in “The Comeback” against the Oilers.

Jason Peters, offensive tackle. Joined the Bills as an undrafted free agent in 2004 and spent five years before signing a lucrative free agent contract with the Eagles. Is on season-ending injured reserve after tearing knee ligaments in an October game against Washington.

Ronald Darby, cornerback. A Bills’ second-round pick in 2015, he was traded last offseason for wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a 2018 third-round draft pick.

Nigel Bradham, linebacker. A Bills’ fourth-round pick in 2012, he had 104 tackles in 2014 in his best season in Buffalo. He signed a two-year deal with the Eagles after the 2015 season.

Corey Graham, free safety. A Buffalo native from Turner Carroll, Graham has a Super Bowl ring with the Baltimore Ravens and will pursue his second with the Eagles. He spent the last three seasons with the Bills before being released in March. He signed with the Eagles in August and had an interception in Sunday's NFC Championship Game victory.

Beyond Bills' ties, two players along with Graham have ties to the Buffalo area:

Eagles defensive tackle Steven Means. A Buffalo native from Grover Cleveland High who played at the University at Buffalo. Means originally signed with the Eagles in December 2015 off the Texans' practice squad and has been with the team since.

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski. An Amherst native and played three years at Williamsville North before attending his final year of high school in suburban Pittsburgh.

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