The Buffalo Bills added some depth to their roster Monday with the signings of wide receiver Jeremy Kerley and defensive tackle Tenny Palepoi. Both players got one-year contracts, according to the team.
Kerley, 29, spent last season with the New York Jets, making 22 catches for 217 yards and one touchdown in eight games. It was his second stint with the Jets. He spent 2016 with the San Francisco 49ers, making a career-high 64 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns. A 5-foot-9, 188-pounder, Kerley has primarily worked out of the slot in his seven-year career. He also has experience as a punt returner. His first career return for a touchdown came in 2012 against the Bills, on a 68-yard runback.
Kerley served a four-game NFL suspension last season for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. Kerley said in a statement that he tested positive for Turinabol, adding that he was "shocked" because he's "never knowingly taken any banned substances."
Upon returning from his suspension, Kerley offered up this interesting explanation for how he failed the drug test: "I don't know," Kerley told reporters, according to NorthJersey.com. "There's a lot of ghosts around here. Ghost put it in there. You know, the ghost of Christmas past? ... I don't know."
Palepoi, 27, is a fifth-year veteran who spent the previous four seasons with the Chargers. He set a career high with 24 tackles, including seven for a loss, in 2017. Palepoi, 6-1 and 298 pounds, played on the same Utah defensive line as new Bills teammate Star Lotulelei in 2012.