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Bills sign free agent LB Gerald Hodges
May 25, 2017 03:40 PM | Chris Brown


Looking to add experience and depth at the linebacker position, the Bills signed free agent LB Gerald Hodges on Thursday.

Hodges, 26, was a starting inside linebacker for the San Francisco 49ers in their 3-4 front on defense in 2016. He compiled 83 tackles, two pass breakups, two interceptions and a forced fumble in 12 starts and 15 appearances last year.

Though he played inside in San Francisco he has quality coverage skills as he was a converted safety in college at Penn State. In fact his coverage ability was seen as the strongest attribute in his skill set when the Minnesota Vikings made him a fourth-round pick in the 2013 NFL draft.

Hodges (6-2, 236) figures to be in the mix for a wide open weak side linebacker job that is there for the taking. Ramon Humber is currently getting snaps in the starter's role.

The Bills newest linebacker has a familiar face on the Bills coaching staff. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was Hodges' head coach his rookie year with Minnesota.

Hodges will wear jersey number 40.

To make room on the roster the Bills released CB Charles Gaines.

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