Bills sign veteran OL Doug Legursky

6/6/13 in NFL   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe Buffalo Bills have been looking for help at their offensive line this offseason, and for that propose they brought in veteran free agents Doug Legursky as well as Tyronne Green for a workout on Tuesday. While Green will continue looking elsewhere for a 2013 gig, the Bills were satisfied by what they saw in Legursky as they signed the interior offensive lineman on Wednesday. The financial terms of Legursky’s contract were not disclosed by the team.
Legursky spent his first four NFL seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, who initially signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2008. The Marshall product remained on the Steelers’ practice squad during his rookie season, before becoming a versatile player on the offensive line, playing at both the center and guard positions. During his stint with the Steelers, Legursky appeared in 50 regular season games, while starting 17 contests. Although Legursky played in all 16 regular season games in the 2012 regular season he started only three games last season.
The 26-year-old Legursky also appeared in multiple playoffs games, including earning his first career start in the Steelers’ Super Bowl XLV loss to the Packers, when he replaced an injured Maurkice Pouncey at center.
Legursky adds veteran depth to the Buffalo Bills’ offensive line while providing them with an experienced starter after the team lost both – starting left guard Andy Levitre and key reserve Chad Rinehart in free agency this offseason. With no incumbent starter returning from last season, Legursky will have to compete with the likes of Colin Brown, rookie Zach Chibane, Sam Young, Thomas Welch and Chris Scott for the open spot at left guard.
But after spending the majority of his career at center, Legursky is also in the mix for a backup role in the middle of the offensive line with the Buffalo Bills. Currently second-year lineman David Snow is the primary backup behind starter Eric Wood. However, Wood hasn’t completed a single 16-game season during five years with the Bills. Colin Brown, Sam Young and Chris Scott are a just a few names on the Bills’ roster who also make the list for not having completed a 16-game season.
"I've had a starting season at guard," said Legursky. "I've played just as much guard as I have center, but whatever they need me to do, right, left, center, fullback, tackle, just throw me in there and I'll get the job done."
The Bills also waived linebacker Greg Lloyd in a corresponding move on Wednesday. Lloyd was signed to the Bills’ practice squad last November before being promoted to the active roster in December. He played in the Bills’ final two games of last season.
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