By Nick Wojton
The Buffalo Bills have signed former New England Patriots tackle LaAdrian Waddle to a one-year deal.
Waddle, a 27-year-old who went unselected in the 2013 NFL Draft, signed with the Patriots in 2015 following a brief stint with the Detroit Lions. He’s suited up for 31 games for New England throughout the past four seasons, starting seven of them at right tackle. He appeared in all 16 games for the Patriots last season, earning an overall grade of 51.9 from Pro Football Focus.
Though Waddle has primarily played at tackle in the NFL, he does have some experience as a guard, playing that position in high school. Earlier this week, Bills general manager Brandon Beane told the media that he values offensive linemen with “flex experience.”
Waddle also has some familiarity with new Buffalo offensive line coach Bobby Johnson, who was on Detroit’s coaching staff when the Lions signed Waddle in 2013.
Now one of just four offensive tackles on the Bills’ roster, Waddle may be in line to compete for a starting job. He’ll likely compete with the recently signed Ty Nsekhe for the starting right tackle spot in training...