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Bills sign DE Owa Odighizuwa

Jesse Borek



Nov 14, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Giants defensive end Owa Odighizuwa (58) reacts after Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton (not pictured) is sacked during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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The Buffalo Bills have signed defensive end Owa Odighizuwa to a one-year deal for the upcoming 2018 season, the team announced via their Twitter account on Thursday.

Odighizuwa is looking to appear in an NFL game for the first time since 2016 as a member of the New York Giants. That season, he got into 14 games, totaling just a single tackle and a pass defended. The year prior, he made four appearances and collected three tackles, before ending the season on injured reserve.

In August 2017, Odigizuwa earned a four-game suspension for violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, which led to his release from the Giants.

He first joined the league as a third-round draft pick by New York out of UCLA, where he was named second-team All-Pac-12 in 2014.

As a unit, the Bills defense collected just 27 sacks last season, which tied for third-fewest in the league. Their leading sack man was a tie on the year between Jerry Hughes and Shaq Lawson, who had just four sacks a piece. Seven different players finished the year with multiple sacks.

Despite their lack of ability to sack the quarterback, Buffalo was able to snap their playoff drought, returning to the postseason as a wild-card team. They went 9-7 during the regular season, finishing as just one of two teams to make the playoffs despite having allowed more points than they scored (joining the Tennessee Titans).

Their defense wasn’t the issue in the postseason, as they lost in the AFC wild-card Round to the Jacksonville Jaguars, 10-3.

Jesse is a news desk reporter and FRS SLAM columnist with FanRag Sports since August 2016. He graduated from Stony Brook University with a dual major in comparative literature and journalism.