The Buffalo Bills are set to kick the tires on a safety with close ties to coach Sean McDermott.
Tre Boston, who spent the past three years playing under McDermott with the Carolina Panthers, tweeted Friday that he's schedule to visit the Bills as a free agent.
— Tre Boston (@TreBos10) May 5, 2017
Boston played in 42 games the past three years with the Panthers, making 77 tackles, 10 passes defensed, three interceptions and two sacks. He started 16 games over that time, including 10 in the 2016 season. The Bills are woefully thin behind projected starters Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer at safety. Colt Anderson was re-signed, but he's primarily a contributor on special teams. After that, Jonathan Dowling, Trae Elston, Shamiel Gary, Joe Powell and expected undrafted free agents B.T. Sanders Jeremy Tyler will compete for one or two jobs.
The Bills previously signed cornerback Leonard Johnson as a free agent. He was with Carolina last year as well. Adding Boston would give the Bills another defender familiar with the scheme McDermott plans to run. Buffalo plays at Carolina in Week Two.
“Everybody always wants that when you’re cut," Boston told the Charlotte Observer about the possibility of playing the Panthers in 2017. "You always want to come back and play and show them what you got. Maybe it’ll be in the future.”