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The Buffalo Bills made a massive move  — quite literally and figuratively — earlier this week when the team announced a huge signing. The Bills agreed to terms on a one-year contract with former Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman, Poona Ford.

An undrafted free agent out of Texas, Ford turned down more money elsewhere to try to win a ring in Buffalo, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. It’s a relatively big post-NFL Draft addition for Sean McDermott’s defense, as some expected the Bills to address the defensive tackle position in the 2023 NFL Draft, considering it was a huge deficiency for the team the season prior.

In 2022, teams were able to gash the Bills up the middle. According to Warren Sharp, when running backs attacked the middle of the defensive line (guard-to-guard), Buffalo’s run defense ranked 31st in yards per carry (5.1), 32nd in percent of runs to gain 10 or more yards and 26th in percent of runs to gain five or more yards.

That’s why the Bills went out and got Ford.

It’s a pretty big and important move given the team’s issues up the middle, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it.

Since entering the league in 2018, Ford has been one of the better run-stopping nose tackles in the NFL. Across five seasons in Seattle (2018-22), Ford made 64 starts and recorded 181 total tackles (28 for loss) with 27 quarterback hits and 7.5 sacks. He figures to add immediate help to Buffalo’s defensive front.

[Tom Pelissero and Warren Sharp on Twitter]

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