The Bills have signed defensive end Wyatt Ray to the practice squad to fill the vacant spot.
Ray is the grandson of Nat King Cole and the nephew of Natalie Cole.
“Sometimes, if I really listen to the lyrics, yeah I definitely feel that some of the things he’s saying apply directly to my life,” Ray told Fansided's Jason Cole before the NFL Draft. “Sometimes to just hear his voice, turn the music on and kind of close my eyes and relax, there’s a spiritual connection there.”
Ray's mother, Casey, was 3 when her father died at age 45 in 1965.
When told of Ray's lineage in March, Bills defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier told Fansided, “He’s royalty.”
The 6-foot-3 Ray was a teammate at Boston College of Tommy Sweeney and Matt Milano and went undrafted last spring. He signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent but was cut when rosters were trimmed to the limit before the season began.
Ray has nine sacks in 12 games in his final season with BC and had 17 sacks for his career.