The Buffalo Bills continued to bargain hunt in free agency Monday, making three additions to their roster.
Linebacker Zach Brown, cornerback Corey White and wide receiver Leonard Hankerson all signed with the team.
Brown, 26, is a former second-round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans. He appeared in all 16 games with one start in 2015, finishing with 77 tackles and a pair of interceptions. When the Bills faced Tennessee in Week Five, it was Brown who committed a horse-collar penalty while tackling Buffalo quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who suffered a knee injury on the play that knocked him out of the next two games.
In four seasons with Tennessee, he has 261 tackles, six interceptions, 13 passes defensed, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles. In his first two seasons, he played in all 32 games and made 27 starts, registering more than 90 tackles in each season and scoring two touchdowns as a rookie in 2012.
A torn pectoral muscle suffered in the 2014 season-opener cost Brown nearly the entire year. A 6-foot-1, 248-pounder, Brown ran a 4.5-second 40-yard dash at the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, the 11th-fastest time at his position from 2006 through this year’s combine.
With Nigel Bradham leaving as a free agent for Philadelphia and Ty Powell so far unsigned, the Bills could use depth at linebacker, and Brown steps into a situation where he could earn a starting job.
White, meanwhile, is a 25-year-old former fifth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 2012. At 6-1, 210 pounds, he’s got ideal size for the position. He split 2015 between the Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals, playing 10 combined games with one start.
In his first three years with New Orleans, White played in 41 games with 19 starts, registering 125 tackles, 15 passes defensed, four interceptions and two forced fumbles. His best season was in 2014, when he had 53 tackles, six passes defensed and two interceptions for the Saints under defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, a current assistant on his brother Rex’s staff in Buffalo.
With both Leodis McKelvin and Ron Brooks joining Bradham in Philadelphia, White will have the opportunity to earn a reserve role at cornerback.
Hankerson spent the final game of the 2015 season on the Bills’ roster, but was inactive. The 6-2, 211-pounder bounced between Atlanta and New England before coming to Buffalo last year.
He climbed as high as No. 2 on the Falcons’ depth chart before a hamstring injury forced him onto injured reserve. After being released, he was claimed by the Patriots, but spent less than two weeks with them before being cut loose again and signed by the Bills. A former third-round pick of Washington in 2011, he has 107 catches for 1,408 yards and nine touchdowns in 41 career games.
He joins the crowd (that also includes Greg Salas, Jarrett Boykin, Walter Powell, Greg Little and Marquise Goodwin) competing for Buffalo’s third receiver job behind starters Sammy Watkins and Robert Woods.