The Buffalo Bills opened their three-day mandatory minicamp Tuesday with a new player on the field.
Defensive tackle Andre Fluellen was signed to the 90-man roster and present for practice. Fluellen, a 6-foot-2, 280-pounder, is a former third-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions in 2008. The eight-year veteran has played in 77 career games, with 65 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12 quarterback hits and 10 tackles for loss. Other than a two-game stint with the Dolphins in 2012, all of those games have come with the Lions. He played eight games for Detroit in 2014.
Fluellen becomes the seventh member of the Bills to play collegiately at Florida State, leading coach Rex Ryan to joke "we need to get more Tigers in here," a reference to the Seminoles' Atlantic Coast Conference rivals at Clemson, where Ryan's son plays.
"You can't have enough good players," Ryan said in explaining why the team added to an already deep defensive line. "I think when you add to the competition, that's a real positive thing. ... He's played in the league a little bit, but he can run. He's got some movement skills."
To make room for Fluellen, the Bills designated safety Deon Broomfield as waived/injured.