The Buffalo Bills signed their first defensive free agent from outside the organization on Monday. According to Adam Schefter, former Rams safety Taylor Rapp agreed to a one-year deal. Rapp is a former second-round pick in the 2019 draft, is a Super Bowl Champion, and brings experience to the safety room. Rapp is 25 years old.
Bills General Manager Brandon Beane is down in Phoenix, Arizona this week alongside Head Coach Sean McDermott at the NFL’s Owner’s Meeting. Both of them spoke to the media today, and Beane discussed what Rapp brings to the Bills’ roster.
“He’s on a trip right now with his wife in Hawaii,” Beane said. “Hope to get him over for a physical later this week, probably towards the end of the week. Yeah, so it’s a one-year deal with Taylor, and excited to get him into the Bills, into our culture, and into our system. He’s a really good player, and did well for the Rams.
“Obviously, part of their championship run a year ago. We spent some time with him, scouted him at U-dub (University of Washington) when he was coming out, and really think his skill set fits our defense and so glad to add him to the group.”
Later in the press conference in Phoenix, Beane noted that the rest of the moves that they will be doing in free agency will be under that $2 million threshold that allows the Bills to pick up a third-round compensation draft pick for next season. This most likely means that Rapp’s contract will be under $2 million, which is a steal for the production and talent he has.
BREAKING NEWS: According to @AdamSchefter the Buffalo Bills have signed former starting Safety of the Los Angeles Rams Taylor Rapp to a 1-year deal. Rapp is a perfect fit for Sean McDermott's defense. He has the ability to play deep or in the box. He's 5'11" 208 pounds so he will… pic.twitter.com/oxpRA0tlvY
— Erik Turner (@ErikJTurner) March 27, 2023
Erik Turner from Cover 1 sent out a tweet talking about Rapp and where he has lined up so far in his four-year career.
According to PFF, Rapp has lined up in many spots on the defensive side of the ball. He has lined up on the defensive line 56 times, in the box 1,094 times, at free safety 1,389 times, in the slot 725 times, and at the corner spot 40 times. That is some versatility for Sean McDermott’s defense.
In 2022, Rap started in 16 games. He recorded 92 tackles, two interceptions, and 76.2 PFF grade. In 2021, Rapp recorded 94 tackles, four interceptions, 1.5 sacks, and a 65.5 PFF grade.
Rapp will bring in some depth to this defense, and can be used all over the field. Something being talked about amongst some people here at Cover 1 is the possibility of some dime looks with Rapp on the field. Time will tell what the Bills decide to do with their new toy, but a combination of Rapp, Poyer, and Hyde could be a fun one.