The strength of the Bills just got stronger. (At least on paper.)
Free agent cornerback Vontae Davis, a former Pro Bowler, tweeted Monday that he picked the Bills over the Browns, 49ers, Raiders and Dolphins. The team later announced Davis signed a one-year deal.
Davis' addition should boost what was already a strong unit for the Bills under first-year head coach Sean McDermott, assuming Davis returns to form. He became available after being released by the Colts in November. The two sides reportedly disagreed on the treatment options for Davis' groin injury; the team said he was cleared to return, but Davis instead had season-ending surgery.
Davis was the 25th overall pick of the 2009 draft. His addition makes it unlikely the Bills bring back E.J. Gaines, who is expected to cash in on free agency after having a strong season.
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