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Free agency focus: What to do with DE Leger Douzable

Unrestricted free agency opens in the NFL with the start of the new league year on March 9. With 22 players set to hit the open market, the Buffalo Bills have plenty of decisions to make between now and then. The Buffalo News will take a look at each player with an expiring contract, and offer a verdict on what the team should do. Next: Robert Blanton.

Position: Defensive end. Age: 30. 2016 stats: 16 games (five starts), 43 tackles, 1.5 sacks, 1 pass defensed.

Working in his favor: Douzable would provide affordable depth along a defensive line that features an aging Kyle Williams and the untrustworthy Marcell Dareus as starters on the inside. He's capable of lining up at defensive end or kicking inside to play tackle, and was one of Buffalo's best run defenders in 2016. The website Pro Football Focus gave him the highest grade of any defender in the Bills' win over San Francisco.

Working against him: Douzable signed in Buffalo primarily because of his relationship with former coach Rex Ryan, whom he played under in New York. It's unknown how he fits into the defensive scheme that will be installed by new coach Sean McDermott and coordinator Leslie Frazier. At 30 years old, the Bills could opt to get younger at the position.

Verdict: There is no reason to break the bank for Douzable. Provided the new coaching staff sees him as a good fit, he should be offered a one-year contract near the veteran minimum for a player with his experience. If he's after a bigger deal for a longer term, the Bills shouldn't sweat letting him go. Adolphus Washington, a third-round draft pick in 2016, should be ready to step into the role Douzable would be asked to play. At 284 pounds, Douzable might be undersized to play tackle, but not quick enough to rush the passer from the edge as a defensive end.

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