The Buffalo Bills wasted little time in giving their defensive backfield a facelift on the first day of NFL free agency.
The Bills announced Thursday afternoon that they've signed former Packers cornerback/safety Micah Hyde and former Browns safety Jordan Poyer. Their additions come after the team released safety Aaron Williams earlier in the day and watched cornerback Stephon Gilmore leave for the rival Patriots.
Hyde is the big-ticket addition in the secondary. The 26-year-old is a former fifth-round pick of the Packers in 2013 who has appeared in 63 career games with 33 starts. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Hyde received a five-year contract with a potential value of $32.5 million.
Former Bills safety and current ESPN analyst Matt Bowen described Hyde as a versatile player who "can play safety, cover in the slot, rolls down as a dime defender in the run game. Hyde also brings special teams value to Buffalo. Underrated player that can impact the game plan in multiple roles."
Hyde, 26, is a 6-foot-0, 197-pounder who finished with 58 tackles, nine passes defensed, three interceptions and a sack in 2016, playing in all 16 games with 11 starts.
Poyer, 25, is a four-year veteran who has played in 48 career games with 10 starts. He started the first six games of 2016 with the Browns before going on injured reserve because of a lacerated kidney suffered on Oct. 16 against the Titans.
The Bills also made official the signings of kicker Stephen Hauschka, offensive lineman Vlad Ducasse and fullback Pat DiMarco which were previously reported.