Poona Ford wanted the chance to play for a Super Bowl contender – and gets that chance with Buffalo. The Buffalo Bills reached a one-year deal with Ford on Tuesday, as he turned down more lucrative offers from other teams. per NFL network.
Ford was one of the top free agents available after the draft and was expected to sign, as teams no longer have to provide a compensatory choice for signing a player (deadline was Monday).
Ford, just 27 years old, has pressured 83 quarterbacks over the past three seasons – which was the most on the Seattle Seahawks in that span. He had three sacks and seven quarterback hits playing defensive tackle last season.
The bills will add Ford to a line of defense that already includes Von Miller, DaQuan Jones, Ed Oliver and Greg Rousseau. Buffalo completes a deep line of defense with the addition of Ford, with Tim Settle, AJ Epenesa and Shaq Lawson as second team contributors. Buffalo had the second-scoring defense while finishing sixth in yards per game allowed last season.
Ford’s loss is a blow to Seattle, as head coach Pete Carroll said he wanted him back right after the draft. Carroll even said Ford was “one of our guys.” The Seahawks have called up Cameron Young to play nose tackle, but Bryan Mone will be the front-runner to take that spot, while free agent signing Jarran Reed will man the other defensive tackle spot.