The Bills signed the former starting center for the Cincinnati Bengals, Russell Bodine.
The Bengals traded up 12 spots in the 4th round of the 2014 draft to acquire Bodine who, during his time with the team, started all 64 games at center. The 25-year-old was reportedly offered a deal with the Bengals this offseason, but he decided to test the market instead.
The Bills announced they signed him to a 2-year deal, the details of which have yet to be released.
Bodine got a 2-year deal for $5M… He turned down a long-term deal from Cincy with low guarantees, opting for a deal he believes is best for his future https://t.co/8UWCmRPSSm
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 20, 2018
Bengals run outside zone weak and Bodine (#61) washes Adolphus Washington down, allowing RB Jeremy Hill to bend it back.
PFF had Bodine rated at the 25th-best center in the league last season with a grade of 46.8. His highest rating came in 2016, when he graded at 70.5.
Down block by Bodine on the trap run. Shows very good hand placement inside the frame of Marcell Dareus
With the surprise retirement of former starting center Eric Wood this offseason, this move makes sense for the team.
We should expect an open competition for the starting job between Ryan Groy and Russell Bodine this summer when training camp begins. If Bodine and former teammate AJ McCarron both win the starting jobs, it could benefit the offense headed by Brian Daboll.