The Buffalo Bills added some depth at the defensive end position Tuesday by signing free-agent Jarius Wynn to a one-year contract.
Wynn, 27, is a five-year NFL veteran who has played 20 to 28 snaps a game throughout his career.
The Bills need some more options at defensive end. Jerry Hughes is the Bills’ top rush end opposite Mario Williams, but Hughes is most effective when he stays fresh. He played 52 percent of the snaps last year and finished with a career-high 10 sacks.
Wynn, 6-foot-3 and 273 pounds, played 15 games last season, five early in the year with San Diego and 10 the latter part of the year with Dallas. He played 24 snaps a game between the two teams and produced two sacks.
“It’s a great opportunity for me and my family to come here, and they wanted me,” Wynn said on a conference call with reporters. “I feel like I’m a natural D-end, and that’s why I think I can fit in this defense.”
The Bills’ candidates fighting for reserve roles on the defensive line include some bigger men who played end in the 3-4 and can play inside, such as Corbin Bryant and Stefan Charles. Ikponmwosa Igbinosun is a 286-pounder on the squad. Wynn might better fit the mold of a 4-3 end. The Bills could address the position at some point in the draft, as well.
In 2012, Wynn played 20 snaps a game in a seven-game stint with Tennessee. Wynn started his career as a sixth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers out of the University of Georgia in 2009. He saw 28 snaps a game with the Packers in 2011. He made four starts and had three sacks that season.
“I think in Dallas I played 30 percent of the snaps and I think I did pretty good,” Wynn said. “I feel like I have proved that I can play in this league.”
Meanwhile, Mississippi State right tackle Charles Siddoway made a pre-draft visit to One Bills Drive. He’s projected as a later-round or free-agent pick.