ORCHARD PARK – With the new league year in the NFL beginning effective at 11:59:59 p.m. on Wednesday, the free-agents the Buffalo Bills agreed to deals with were officially named Bills players on Friday.
After playing his first seven years with the Dallas Cowboys, wide-receiver Cole Beasley signed his four-year deal for $29 million on Wednesday.
Last season, Beasley caught 65 passes for 672 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys.
Another wide-receiver the Bills picked up in free-agency was John Brown, who agreed to terms on a three-year deal worth $27 million on Wednesday.
Brown, who played last year for the Baltimore Ravens, caught 42 passes for 715 yards and five touchdowns in 2018 for Baltimore.
For Bills special teams, Buffalo picked up Andre Holmes on Wednesday, signing a two-year contract, although the salary on it has yet to be released.
A kickoff and punt-return specialist, Holmes went to his first career Pro Bowl last year as a member of the division rival New York Jets.
Holmes had 1,174 yards on kickoff returns and averaged 14.1 yards on punt returns, both were league-highs last season.
Holmes also scored two special-teams touchdowns last season, one kick-return and one punt-return.
As a receiver, Holmes career receiving totals are 254 receptions for 2,990 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Last season, Buffalo was ranked 21st in punt-return average and 24th in kickoff-return average.
With the Bills releasing Charles Clay in February, Buffalo agreed to a three-year, $18.75 million with tight-end Tyler Kroft on Wednesday.
After having a breakout 2017 season, in which Kroft caught 42 passes for 404 yards and seven touchdowns, Kroft was only active for five games in 2018, as he landed on injured reserve in November due to a foot injury.
Kroft had four receptions for 36 yards last season.
Buffalo also locked up running-back Frank Gore on Wednesday with a one-year contract worth $2 million, Gore will be entering his 15th NFL season, playing for the Miami Dolphins last season.
Gore rushed for 722 yards during the 2018 season, Gore is also fourth all time in rushing yards in NFL history, with 14,748.
In works of strengthening their offensive-line, Buffalo signed center Mitch Morse on Wednesday, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $44.5 million.
Morse played his first four seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs, starting all 49 games he appeared in for them.
Morse was also a player on the Pro Football Writers Association’s (PFWA) All-Rookie Team in 2015.
Buffalo also inked a two-year, $8 million deal with ex-Oakland Raider Jon Feliciano on Wednesday.
Feliciano did suit up in 48 games in a Raiders uniform, but only has 10 career starts.
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