Schmidt stays in Buffalo; Bills add G, FB

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Outside of Tyrod Taylor, the Bills stayed pretty busy on Wednesday. 

Head coach Sean McDermott announced on a conference call that punter Colton Schmidt would staying with the Bills. 

Schmidt was at the end of his rookie three-year deal. There are no details on the contract. 

Special teams ace Marcus Easley was also released. His departure will save the Bills approximately one million dollars against the salary cap. 

Easley dislocated his knee cap and broke his knee in three places during the second to last game of the 2015 season. 

He was still seen with excessive swelling on the knee as recently as last training camp. He never played in 2016. 

In addition, the Bills are reportedly interested in adding a fullback. Or maybe two. 

Ian Rapoport from NFL.com says Buffalo is signing Patrick DiMarco from the Falcons. The deal is thought to be four years for eight million. 

DiMarco is not much of a ball carrier. He has 37 receptions and one carry in his four year career. 

However, he was rated the number one fullback in the NFL by Pro Football Focus in 2015 and was third best last year. 

Not long after the DiMarco news broke, Jordan Ranaan from ESPN reported the Bills will also sign Mike Tolbert. 

The Bills confirmed the move a bit before 6pm Wednesday. 

The large back has played nine seasons in the NFL with four in San Diego followed by five in Carolina. 

Mostly, Tolbert has been a fullback but he’s carried the ball more than normal for the position. He rushed 35 times in 2016 and 62 the year before. 

Tolbert hasn’t rushed for more than 60 yards in a game or combined for more than 80 yards rushing and receiving combined since 2011. 

The Bills can’t confirm the DiMarco move until free agency officially begins Thursday at 4pm. 

Wednesday evening, Jason LaCanfora reported the Bills have added depth at offensive line. Vlad Ducasse was reportedly signed to a three year deal. 

The contract is curious in its length. Ducasse will be playing for his fourth time in four years, so why commit to him three seasons?

It could be that the contract amount is small enough to render the years irrelevant. 

The more intriguing possibility is Ducasse getting a shot at right tackle. The pro, heading into his eighth year, started 35 games at left tackle in college for UMass. 

Jordan Mills was easily the Bills weakest line on offensive line last year. New Bills O-Line coach Juan Castillo had Ducasse last year in Baltimore and would, assummably, have a good handle on his abilities. 

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